Lesson 4: Other Elements of music for history instruction


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Note.jpg Introductory Narratives

Apart from the lyrics, instructors can use many other different components of music for history instruction. Such as the history of diverse genres of music, the social contexts and backgrounds of the songs, songwriters and singers, historical themes and events appeared in the Music Video (MV) of the song and the like. This lessson demonstrates a brief example of how to utilize other musical component (MV) to teach history subject.

Note.jpg Song Used in This Lesson

  • Man in the Mirror [1] by Michael Jackson

Note.jpg Procedures/ Activities

  • Play the MV of "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson, let students note down the impressive video clips and pictures appeared in the MV as many as possible.
  • Invite students to figure out the corresponding historical events and figures of these clips and pictures.
  • Replay the MV, pause and introduce the historical events or figures when they appear.
  • Provide related links and materials of these events and figures to students so that they can acquire more facts, meanings and knowledge by themselves.

Note.jpg Lyric of the Song

  • Man in the Mirror: [2]

Note.jpg Historical Events and Figures in the MV

  • 1983–1985 Famine in Ethiopia: [3]
  • I Have A Dream [4] by Martin Luther King [5]
  • South Africans Marching for the Release of Nelson Mandela: [6]
  • Race Relations during the 1960s and 1970s: [7]
  • Ku Klux Klan (KKK): [8]
  • Adolf Hitler: [9]
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono: [10]
  • Vietnam/Vietnam Veterans Against the War: [11]
  • Coretta Scott King: [12]
  • Jackie Kennedy: [13]
  • State Funeral of John F. Kennedy: [14]
  • The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: [15]
  • Gwangju Uprising: [16]
  • Iran hostage crisis: [17]
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi: [18]
  • Dawson's Field hijackings: [19]
  • Lech Walesa: [20]
  • 1946 Operation Crossroads Nuclear Bomb Test: [21]
  • 1978 Camp David Accords: [22]
  • 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: [23]
  • Bishop Desmond Tutu: [24]
  • Mahatma Gandhi: [25]
  • 1985 Live Aid Concert: [26]
  • Mother Teresa: [27]
  • Rescue of Baby Jessica McClure: [28]
  • Farm Aid: [29]
  • Bob Geldof: [30]
  • USA For Africa's "We Are The World": [31]
  • The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior: [32]

Note.jpg References / Resources

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