Immigration and the Industrial Movement
Subject Area and/or Course Title:
Targeted Grade Level:
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.
Introductory Narrative to Lesson:
America is a country built by immigrants who had deep hope for prosperity. The 19th century saw three huge waves of immigration driven by the industrial movement:
Instructional Goals or Objectives:
SWBAT analyze music and extract themes of immigration
“Those in power write the history while those who suffer write the songs.” Frank Harte (Far From the Shamrock Shore). Use this quote to get into the mind frame of analyzing songs for themes of immigration that you are studying in 8th grade US History. Contemplate how songwriting could help suffering people cope with a life of hardship. Think about what side of this coin you are on and what feeling you would use to express this position in song lyrics.
Assessment and Evaluation:
(3 column Graphic organizer hear/know/want to know)
The root word of Immigration is migration. "A measure" of music documents and records rhythmic/harmonic movement. When we describe Symphonies we do so with the word "movement." What else migrates?
“Immigrant Song” Led Zeppelin
music & lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nhNy1BcDXw
“Eighteen Hundred and Ninety One” Blind Blake (Blake Alphonso Higgs)
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