Groups that will be represented: *African Americans *Women *Native Americans *Mexican Americans *Immigrants (European/Asian/other) *Labor Unions/Workers *Farmers *Soldiers/Veterans
You will work in groups of 4-5 and choose a specific interest group above.
Assignment: You will assume the role of the people. Your group will create an album/CD of songs that tells the story of your people. These songs must demonstrate change over time, experiences, difficulties, celebrations of your people collectively. This music must span both 20th and 21st Centuries (however, reaching back to the 19th century is amazing, impressive and appreciated). Remember, contemporary music is good, but you will need to broaden your horizons and reach back-you are showing 200 years or more! This will be an anthology of music that has been written during these periods of time by any artist or group over time.
The Product- 1. A compilation of a minimum of 12-15 songs -provide a description of the order of the songs using historical interpretation/explanation -EXTRA CREDIT will be awarded if the CD is actually created and turned in when you present (starting 5/22) 2. Analysis a. "Liner Notes" insert for the CD with individual details, analysis of each song and how it illustrates the plight of your people, who wrote it, what was happening in the country during that time period, etc.
b. You will be expected to complete the Music Analysis Tool for 5 of the songs on your list. The analysis sheets will be turned in when you present. -examples of Liner Notes 1.2.3.
Keep in mind for your analysis : -consider how the song is speaking for the people or speaking to other peoples. - what is the relevance of each of the words and phrases of the song -Why do you think the artist(s) wrote this song? -What clues do you find to suggest this? -For what audience was the song written? -Why is the music important to this song? -What does the song tell you about what life was like during this period in history? -What does the sound recording tells you about life in the United States at the time it was made? - What image is created in your mind? Which words are creating that image?
*When analyzing a song, keep in mind that the vocals/lyrics and music are one unit. *Remember-It's impossible to properly analyze a song by simply reading the lyrics. 3. An album/CD cover created-name, title, visuals (symbolism is important)-this can be electronic or drawn, but needs to be creative.
4. A Google Slide presentation- present your list, display and analyze lyrics, sample songs, BUT SHOULD ALSO give historical description of how things changed over time. You will need to research the vast span of a people and their experience. Find notable quotes, pictures and videos (when appropriate) about the struggles and celebrations of your people. This is a large picture of changes and continuities and you will present it to the class through the lyrics and music created by or for this movement.