Songs For Social Change: Social Justice Slides & Digital Notebook

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7th - 12th
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Helping our students process and reflect on world events and social justice can be difficult as an educator. Using music as an access point for discussion helps to create a safe, inclusive learning environment where students can share their thoughts and appreciate differing perspectives.

These slides and digital or printable notebook are ideal for bell-ringer activities, diagnostic activities, projects and more!

Here's what other educators are saying about this resource:

  • "This is an excellent resource. Everything is well laid out, and explained beautifully. My students adored the discussions we had with each new song. I will be using this in my Grade 8 music program for years to come." - Jessica G

  • "This is one of the best resources I have ever purchased - it is so thorough and well done. I originally wanted to use it for a social justice intro project in my Global Issues class, which I did, but there are so many places that these songs will be useful throughout the school year in a variety of classes. This resource is such a great value. Saved me tons of time! Highly recommend!" - Tara T

*File contains a PDF with the printable student notebook. The links to the Google Slides and digital student notebook are in the Teacher's Guide on Page 3 of the PDF*

When you purchase this resource, you will receive:

(1) 60 critical thinking question slides in Google Slides

  • Each slide has a clickable link to a music video for a song with a social justice theme
  • Each slide lists the social commentary evident in the song or video
  • Each slide contains two critical thinking questions that require students to think about the social justice issue, how it is presented in the song or video, and their thoughts about this issue in society.

(2) Printable PDF Student Notebook

  • Contains teacher's guide with suggestions for instruction and assessment considerations
  • Contains a rubric for student notebook
  • Contains a table of contents, index by topic, and glossary of terms
  • 60 pages of notebook for student answers
  • Optional final project with rubric

(3) Digital Student Notebook in Google Slides

  • Exactly like the PDF notebook except in Google Slides with editable text box overlays for student answers
  • Each notebook page has a clickable link to the music video being studied

The songs & videos included are:

  • One Man Can Change The World - Big Sean
  • Skyscraper - Demi Lovato
  • Born This Way - Lady Gaga
  • Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
  • 1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
  • Stand Up/Stand N Rock - Taboo ft. Drezus, Shailene Woodley & Mag 7
  • Pretty Hurts - Beyonce
  • Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
  • This Is America - Childish Gambino
  • You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift
  • Land Of The Free - The Killers
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
  • Youth - Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
  • For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
  • Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara
  • Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
  • Zombie - The Cranberries
  • Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
  • Just A Girl - No Doubt
  • Paper Planes - M.I.A
  • Idle No More - Boogey The Beat ft. Wab Kinew, Charlie Fettah & Young Kid
  • Hijabi - Mona Haydar
  • Formation - Beyonce
  • Redemption Song - Bob Marley
  • Mourning Keeps Coming Back - Students of Dennis Franklin Cromarty ft. July Talk, Broken Social Scene, Cris Derksen, Nick Ferrio & Ansley Simpson
  • Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
  • Praying - Kesha
  • Alright - Kendrick Lamar
  • Powerless - Nelly Furtado
  • Truth To Power - One Republic
  • Little Star - iskwe
  • Neighbors - J. Cole
  • A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
  • Fight The Power - Public Enemy
  • Mother's Daughter - Miley Cyrus
  • March March - The Chicks
  • The Virus - A Tribe Called Red ft. Saul Williams & Chippewa Travellers
  • Changes - Tupac Shakur
  • Four Women - Nina Simone
  • I Can't Remember My Name - Snotty Nose Rez Kids
  • American Oxygen - Rihanna
  • Intruders - Jessie Reyez
  • Jeremy - Pearl Jam
  • Make It Stop - Rise Against
  • We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
  • Wavin' Flag - K'naan
  • This Song Saved My Life - Simple Plan
  • What It's Like - Everlast
  • Perfect Way To Die - Alicia Keys
  • I Can't Breathe - H.E.R.
  • Hey Bully - Morgan Frazier
  • The Bigger Picture - Lil Baby
  • The Stranger - Gord Downie
  • I Just Wanna Live - Keedron Bryant
  • Moonlight - Jay-Z
  • Follow Me - Moxie Raia & Wyclef Jean
  • Shelter - Vic Mensa ft. Wyclef Jean & Chance The Rapper
  • Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson
  • Sweeter - Leon Bridges

Links to music videos last checked on 06/21/2022

*If you encounter any links not working, please let me know through the TPT Q&A tab or email and I will update the resource as soon as I can!


Blog Post:

Check out this blog post to read about activities to help students explore social justice issues through music


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Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.


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