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.
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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)
Students analyze protest songs from different political movements in history to compare and contrast style, tone, lyrics, and calls to action. (30 minutes)
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)
Students share and publish their webpages as directed by their teacher.
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.
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)
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!
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)
4. Share your Adobe Spark Page as directed by your instructor.
Consult the rubric to evaluate your students' webpages.