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Note.jpg Introduction

Welcome to my mini-course: Using Music to Teach History in Middle School~

Do you feel boring in traditional history classroom? Do you sometimes find it difficult to remember historical events and their chronological sequence? Do you want to try some innovative ways of learning history? Please enjoy this mini-course! This course will provide with an interesting way of teaching and learning history in middle school. History teachers, especially the novice and pre-employment ones, will learn possible strategies and skills of how to utilize music as a tool through taking this course.

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  • Learners will be able to acquire basic skills and strategies of utilizing lyrics to teach history.
  • Learners will be able to figure out related historical events and facts which appear in the lyrics of the song(s).
  • Learners will be able to identify the feelings and emotions expressed by the music.
  • Learners will be able to recognize the connections among the selected songs for one specific historical topic.
  • Learners will be able to explore more musical elements which can be used for history instruction.


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Lesson 1: Using Lyrics to Teach History

Expectation:

  • Learners are expected to acknowledge basic ways of teaching history through using music, particularly, the lyrics.
  • Learners are expected to find out historical events or figures in the lyrics.
  • Learners are expected to realize the feelings and emotions expressed by the songwriter.
  • Learners are expected to dig more facts and deeper meanings of the song.
  • Learners are expected to understand the significant role of lyrics if music is chosen as a medium for historical instruction

Lesson 2: Teaching History of One Specific Place

Expectation:

  • Learners are expected to master skills and strategies when teaching the history of one specific place.
  • Learners are expected to find out historical events or figures in the lyrics.
  • Learners are expected to explore common themes and relationships among the selected songs.
  • Learners are expected to discover more facts and deeper meanings of the song.

Lesson 3: Teaching History of One Specific Event or Period

Expectation:

  • Learners are expected to master skills and strategies when teaching the history of the specific historical event or during a specific historical time period.
  • Learners are expected to find out historical events or figures in the lyrics.
  • Learners are expected to explore common themes and relationships among the selected songs.
  • Learners are expected to discover more facts and deeper meanings of the song.

Lesson 4: Other Elements of music for history instruction

Expectation:

  • Learners are expected to recognize other musical components for history instruction, such as the historical context when the song was created, the genre, the MV, and so on.
  • Learners are expected to discover more tools and ways of teaching history.

Note.jpg Useful Links

ETAP 623 Spring 2016

Chen Guo's Portfolio Page