War, Music, & History : An Integrated Social Studies Unit

A Sound Mind
Grade Levels
5th - 10th, Homeschool
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45 pages
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A relevant and engaging unit for grades 5th-8th (and beyond) that uses music as a lens to look at Contemporary American History (focusing on WWII and Vietnam) We ask the question, "How do events like war impact music, and can music impact something as large as a war?"

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Over three 45 minute lessons this unit covers topics like: propaganda, figurative language, author's intent, perspective, lyrical analysis, and American History.

It uses multiple forms of media and activities, including videos, music, podcasts, song lyrics, comparing & contrasting, as well as other interactive activities.

Perfect for use in any social studies classroom as well as in the music room. It involves music from the 1960's all the way to the 2010's and is relevant and engaging to different learners across many grade levels. Perfect for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day.

Unit Includes:
3 clearly separate lessons each with their own activity
3 Powerpoint Presentations
1 Support the Troops Song Lyric Packet
1 Anti-War Song Lyric Packet
1 Double-sided Song Lyric Worksheet
1 NPR Podcast Transcript
8 War Song QR Codes/Bit.ly Links
1 Double-sided Compare & Contrast Worksheet
& a full Step by Step Teaching Guide
Intro: http://asoundmind.edublogs.org/2016/05/18/memorial-day-war-history-and-music
Part I: http://asoundmind.edublogs.org/2016/05/18/memorial-day-war-history-and-music-lesson-1/
Part II: http://asoundmind.edublogs.org/2016/05/17/memorial-day-lesson-2/
Part III: http://asoundmind.edublogs.org/2016/05/17/memorial-day-lesson-3
Total Pages
45 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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