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You’re the Top! Pop Culture Then and Now

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You’re the Top! Pop Culture Then and Now

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time One 50-minute session
Lesson Author

Susan Spangler

Susan Spangler

Fredonia, New York

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7

Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.

Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3

Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.

Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31

Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.

Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.

 

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