1960s Folk Music Lesson Plan: The Influence and Social Impact of Music
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 9 through 12, students use BrainPOP resources explore the social impact folk music had on the 1960s. Students will discuss the main ideas and people of 1960s folk music, and create an original song about an issue of our times.
- Understand the social impact folk music had on the 1960s.
- Discuss the main ideas and people of 1960s folk music.
- Create an original song about an issue of our times.
- Projector and computer with internet access
- Graphic Organizer - 5W's of 60s Folk Music
Preparation:In a social studies class room, students should have background information on the 1960’s counterculture. This lesson will be an extension of the lesson on the 60’s counterculture and will teach students the impact music had on the times. Preview the movie in advance and make class sets of the Graphic Organizer.
- Review the key aspects of the counterculture of the 1960s. Direct the conversation to today’s topic of music.
- Have students hypothesize about the role music played in the 1960s. What influenced the opinions of the hippies? What role did music play in the 1960s? What role did the musicians play?
- Watch the BrainPOP video 60s Folk.
- Have students take notes on Who? What? When? Where? Why? using the Graphic Organizer.
- Have students take the short quiz after the video. Go over the responses.
- Discuss with the class the 5W’s from the graphic organizer. Answer any questions. Clarify when needed.
- Exit Slip: Write down three new pieces of information you learned today. Write down 2 questions you have about 1960’s folk music. Write down 1 thing you want to study more in-depth over 1960’s folk music.
- Have students write for the first 5 minutes of class about their favorite musician. Why is that person their favorite? What genre of music does the person create?