Student perspective: 6th grade (female)
My favorite thing to do is listening to music. I think schools should include more things that I enjoy because it would make me more interested in school. It also will motivate me to learn. Also, being able to connect to what I learn is important because I can understand it better. Even though I am at school a lot, the things I do at home does not always relate to what I learn in school. It is important that I learn things that revolves around me in my life. Traditional education is important, like learning how to read, science, and do math. But I think if those things were more contemporary, and relates to what is happening today, I think it will be better for me as a student, and a person in the American society.
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Written by: Dana Boxdorfer
Date written: November 20, 1996
Lesson: Controversies of the Vietnam War
Grade: Fifth Grade (also good for sixth graders)
Concept: Students will learn about how some of society felt toward the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
Objectives: The students will listen to "Blowin In the Wind" by Bob Dylan and analyze what the song is saying about Vietnam.
"Blowin In the Wind" by Bob Dylan
Copy of the song "Blowin in the Wind" lyrics
The teacher will refresh the students' memories about what they have been talking about in the past two social studies classes, (the Vietnam War), by asking them if anyone can tell her/him the reason the U. S. got involved in the Vietnam War.
1) After the teacher refreshes the students' memories about the Vietnam War she/he will teach them about the domestic controversies that were going on due to the Vietnam War. Mainly the fact that some people loudly protested the War through songs.
2) After the discussion is over the teacher will play the song "Blowin in the Wind" by Bob Dylan and ask the students to listen closely to the song and see if they can analyze what he is singing about.
3) The teacher will pass out the sheet that has the words to the song on it and the class will discuss.
Evaluation: Evaluation occurs while the students are discussing the song, when the words are placed in front of them. The teacher may need to guide the students on some of the lines.
Follow - up: The next day the teacher can play another song, "For What it is Worth" by Buffalo Springfield or "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Musical Concepts: Music history. The teacher could discuss the different controversial songs written back in the sixties and seventies and what made them so controversial.
Minnesota state standards that are met by this lesson:
History I.O.2 Students will demonstrate knowledge of economic, social, and cultural developments in contemporary United States.
History IV.C.1 Students will understand that primary sources document first-hand accounts of historical events and secondary sources may be influenced by the author's interpretation of historical events.
History IV.C.3 Students will understand the concepts of historical context and multiple causation.