9-12 American History 1: "Rapping" Up Our History
Students will rewrite a modern song with lyrics summarizing reasons for exploration and colonization
|Name of Project
|“Rapping” up our History
|American History 1
|AH 1 H.3.1: Analyze how economic, political, social, military and religious factors influenced European exploration and American colonial settlement
|Driving Question / Problem / Activator
|What factors led Europeans to become interested in exploring and eventually colonizing the New World?
|Students will rewrite a modern song with lyrics summarizing reasons for exploration and colonization
|3 days (45 minutes each class period)
|Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)
|Ipad, class notes, microphone
|colonization, exploration, mercantilism, salutary neglect
|How can I rewrite song lyrics in a modern song to reflect the period of exploration and colonization of the Americas?
|Imagine you are Lin Manuel Miranda or Drake and create a modernized version of this historical time period
|Research events, choose at least 10, and pick a modern song
|Rewrite lyrics using events from this time period; record your song with audio or video equipment
|Did your new song teach the listener about your time period?
|Closure / Student Reflections
|Students share their songs and as well as successes and failures throughout the project.
|Possible Modifications / Extensions
|Students use different song that might be better suited for rewrite.
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See lesson plan in folder
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