ERIC Number: ED209163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Popular Music in the Social Studies Classroom: Audio Resources for Teachers. How To Do It Series, Series 2, No. 13.
Cooper, B. Lee
This booklet contains resources and suggestions to help secondary social studies teachers use popular music in the classroom. The ideas presented in popular songs should be examined in social studies classes because of the impact that contemporary songwriters have had on the shaping of American culture. The attitudes and values portrayed in modern tunes demand the reflective consideration of students because they strike at the heart of the major social and political issues of our time. The first few pages of the booklet discuss what popular music is and why it should be used in social studies classes. A listing of journal articles which offer stimulating and specific classroom strategies for introducing popular songs as social studies learning resources is provided. The remainder of the booklet outlines nine instructional units. Each unit is thematically organized and includes a specific question for reflective consideration, a set of concepts, suggestions for activities, and lists of popular music recordings and textbook readings which illustrate the theme. The themes are Black life in America; religious images; problems of youth; historical images; personal problems, women's liberation; technological change; social commentary; and future concerns. Activities vary. For example, students investigate a female singer's personal background, the history of her recording success, and the social and political themes of her songs. In another activity students develop lyrical biographies of socially alientated, politically powerless individuals. The booklet concludes with a selected discography. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Blacks, Discographies, Feminism, Futures (of Society), Interdisciplinary Approach, Music Activities, Music Education, Popular Culture, Religion, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Social Problems, Social Studies, Technology, Units of Study, Youth Problems
National Council for the Social Studies, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20016 ($1.50 Stock Number 495-14882, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.