We Didn't Start the Fire: Cold War Song Analysis (Common Core Aligned Activity)

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In this assignment, students are presented with key facts that are related to the Cold War via Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire." This assignment begins by having the students analyze the chorus of this song by Billy Joel. Then, students are shown a video of the song with the lyrics and visuals (link included). Next, the students listen to the song and follow along with the lyrics and are introduced to 26 key facts from the song that are related to the Cold War (each key fact includes a short summary and a picture). Lastly, the students create their own song using the same rhyming scheme used by Billy Joel (an example is included). This is probably one of my favorite lessons from the year! The students really get creative with this assignment!

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90 Minutes

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We Didn't Start the Fire: Cold War Song Analysis (Common C
We Didn't Start the Fire: Cold War Song Analysis (Common C
We Didn't Start the Fire: Cold War Song Analysis (Common C
We Didn't Start the Fire: Cold War Song Analysis (Common C
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