The purpose of this activity is to get the students engaged with the music of the Vietnam era. Students will explore how music had such a profound effect on the American psyche. As musicians expressed their displeasure or approval through their songs, the American people found a voice and stood behind a cause. This polarizing time resulted in some of the most iconic tunes to ever be produced. Let students the students dive into this time and have a great time breaking down some of the greatest songs of our time.
The 12 songs used in this activity are as follows:
War by Edwin Starr
The Unknown Soldier by The Doors
Sky Pilot by The Animals
Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
Okie from Muskogee By Merle Haggard
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy by Pete Seeger
Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
Fortunate Son By Creedence Clearwater Revival
American Woman by the Guess Who
All along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan
2 + 2 = ? by Bob Seger
This activity involves little prep and is a hit with students!