Music: A Sign of the Times

Music: A Sign of the Times

CRA Description : 
Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent”. The most memorable songs are the ones that capture an unspoken truth and make people see their world in a different light. Yet the truths needing this intense exposure are often a product of the times in which they are generated, making music a lens for observing a generationʼs triumphs and trials, almost as if through a time capsule. Therefore, this assignment asks students to examine two different songs, one a remake of the other, to uncover the “truths” captured by that songwriter about his era.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Culture
Ethnicity
Governmental Response
Imagery
Influence
Justice
Philosophical and Intellectual
Political Conflict
Racial Prejudice
Social Structure and Strata
Socioeconomics
Viewpoint, Beliefs, and Bias
Writer's Purpose and Message
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should be familiar with the idea that music is a product of its time, place, culture, surrounding events, and influential factors and that writers create songs to make social statements and increase public awareness. Students should know appropriate reading strategies to decipher a text’s meaning and understand how these same strategies apply to determining a text’s purpose and impact. Students should understand the basic practices for conducting research and be able to write an essay utilizing word processing software with spell check, grammar check, and any other necessary elements.