The Soundtrack of Change with Adobe Spark Page

Students consider how protest music has inspired change and shaped political movements throughout history
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About This Strategy

This 1.5- to 2-hour strategy helps students consider how protest music has inspired change throughout history.  This strategy engages students with current and historical movements through music analysis and asks students to think critically about how art can be used as an avenue for shaping public opinion and encouraging  civic engagement and discourse.

Because Adobe Spark Page empowers students to curate and embed visual and audio sources quickly, students develop digital fluency as they demonstrate their learning with a deep multimedia analysis of historical events. You can adapt this strategy to multiple fields of study and students can work individually or in groups.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark Page

  • PDF Resource Bundle

  • Editable Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes

Learn.

Students interpret a quote about the purpose of music and its ability to spark reflection, discourse, and change based on their prior experiences. (15 minutes)

Evaluate.

Students analyze protest songs from different political movements in history to compare and contrast style, tone, lyrics, and calls to action. (30 minutes)

Create.

Students create an Adobe Spark Page that explores how protest music has shaped political movements both currently and throughout history using these steps to guide them. Students can examine an example here, and read/watch  a tutorial here.  (40-75 minutes)

Share.

Students share and publish their webpages as directed by their teacher.

Steps for Students

Protest music has long been an essential and traditional form of political expression used as a means to build solidarity and as a call to action.  In thi strategy, you will create an Adobe Spark Page that explores the social and political impacts of protest music that interests you.

Because Adobe Spark Page is fun and user-friendly, this tool will help you create rich multimedia presentations to share messages and powerful stories in a web page designed for your intended audiences.

Steps:

1. Brainstorm reasons why people  listen to music using a concept map. Consider the following: (15 minutes)

  • Why do you listen to music? How does music make you feel?

  • What songs or styles of music do you find most inspiring?

  • Read and analyze this quote as you brainstorm.

For a quick tutorial on how to create a concept map, check out this video.

2. Create an  Adobe Spark Page that explores the social and political impacts of protest music that interests you. Your page should include the following: (60-90 minutes)

  • Search for music that you might like to use on your page by comparing protest music from the past and present. Consider the following questions to help guide your search:
    • What are your favorite protest songs from a current movement? Why?
    • What are the common traits between music from different periods in history? What are the differences? 
    • How is the tone of each song reflective of the movement it addresses?
    • How might you compare and contrast this music on your page?
  • Once you have listened to a variety of songs, choose two protest songs from different political movements in history.
    • Summarize the issue(s) that these songs address.
    • Discuss what you hear and how the music makes you feel. How does the musician use their style of music, tone, and their lyrics serve as a call to action?
  • Choose one song from a current issue that resonates most with you today. If you feel comfortable, feel free to write your own song or spoken word poetry based on your research!

    • Summarize the issue that this protest song addresses and discuss why you chose this song.
    •  How is this song similar or different to protest songs of the past?
  • If you decide to post a link to your chosen songs on your Adobe Spark Page, please note that it is important to  consider how you acquire, reuse, repurpose and/or share files. If you have questions, to cultivate your digital citizenship skills, please independently research materials to ensure you are confident in how you are using others media.​​​​​​​

Review the rubric to determine work product expectations and check out this student sample for inspiration.  If you would like a  quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Spark Page, go here or watch this quick tutorial video.

*Optional extension idea:

Use Adobe Spark Post to create a protest sign for a political or social movement or create a post listing a soundtrack of your favorite protest songs to share with your peers.  Check out this quick video tutorial to get started with Spark Post.

​​​​​​​3. Reflect on the following questions and add your answers to your Adobe Spark Page: (15 minutes)

  • How has music been used as a means to spark critical conversations encouraging reform and societal change throughout history?

4. Share your Adobe Spark Page as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the rubric to evaluate your students' webpages.