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ERIC Number: ED469119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Enlightenment Music Contract. 10th Grade Lesson. Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE): Connecting California's Classrooms to the World.
Kelly, Freda
The "philosophes" of the Enlightenment Period were a group of free (different) thinkers who offered commentary on societal issues. Often, they were like one of today's social commentators suggesting reforms for the political system. Since the United States during the era of the Revolutionary War was seeking reform of what they considered English oppression, they looked to the philosophes for arguments to support their cause. Commentary and writings from Denis Diderot, Francois Marie Voltaire, and Jean Jacques Rousseau led citizens to question the authority of their governments. The lesson includes a scenario for the teacher to present to the class. In the scenario, the student is a member of a famous music group and a scholar of history. His or her music is featured on television channels like MTV and VH1, and record label, Elektra-Epitaph, has offered a very profitable recording contract. The contract involves writing a song about a contemporary problem, while presenting the wisdom of a particular philosophe. The song will also be used as part of a global program to help solve the problem identified in the song. The lesson provides a detailed seven-step process for completion of the task and a "Mind & Music Matrix" activity worksheet. Students are provided a resource list of six books; learning advice; and evaluation criteria. A conclusion, reflection, and extension notes are also included. A final section, "Teacher Notes," discusses grade level and unit, history/social studies standards, lesson purpose, teacher materials, interdisciplinary connections, and background and additional information. An annotated list of electronic resources is provided. (BT)
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, 601 North East Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410-3093. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California