Protest Project Description:
During the 1960s and 1970s, America was again facing change. As the country struggled over Civil Rights, fought in Vietnam, and faced the battle between advancing technology and protecting the environment. With all of these cause, various groups rose to express their ideas to the nation. Thus, giving birth to Message Music, Activist Literature and Public Service Announcements.
Over the next few days, you will become a member of a protest group. You will research what your group stood for, what they wanted, the tactics the used, and the accomplishments they made. From this material you will create a Message Song or a Public Service Announcement to share with the class.
Groups: Latinos, Native Americans, Women, Environmentalist, Vietnam War Protesters
Step 1: Inspiration
Below are examples of message music and public service announcements. Listen/watch a few them to gain inspiration on how to proceed in this activity. We will be discussing message music during your next class, so come prepared to be an active participant.
When You've finished listening/watching a few of these, answer the questions below.
Step 2: Information
Now you know what message music and PSAs are. But before you choose which type of presentation you are going to give, you need to have some background information. Use the corresponding sections in your book to find background information for your assigned activist group. You can use outside information, but be sure to highlight ideas from the book.
You will research what your group stood for, what they wanted, the tactics the used, and the accomplishments they made. From your research, come prepared to suggest possible topics to cover in your PSA/song during the next class period.
Step 3: Designing Your Message
During class, you will meet with your partner and share your research. Together, you will decide if you want to create a song or a PSA. Read the requirements below to help you make your decision.
Public Service Announcement:
Once you have decided on the theme of your message and the avenue of distribution, spend time developing your project.
Step 4: Prepare for Presentation
On Friday, May 11 and Monday, May 14th, groups will share their presentations to the class as a way of reviewing the Activist Era. Groups should be prepared to share high quality songs or PSAs and should bring all necessary materials to class.