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31. Protests and Activism

posted May 6, 2012, 7:39 PM by rbrown@yisseoul.org   [ updated May 9, 2012, 7:09 PM ]
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

 Group Block D
 Block F
 Block G
 Latinos Arnold & E.K
 Yuriko & Esther
Christian & Stacie
 Malicka & James
Joseph & Michelle
 Native Americans
 Donghyun & Alex
 Janie & Noel
Gibeom & Chris
 Kevin & Emily
Tim & Brian
 Women Michelle & Christina
Sarah E. & Sarah S.
Joseph & David
 Elaina & Lin
Lumina & Alice
 Environmentalists Jumanah & Brian
Mohammed & DHa
 DL & Jae Eun
Clara & Stacy
 YeRin & Sunny
Badr & Max
Charis & Naomi
 Vietnam War Protest
 Jay & Subin
 Steven, Yousif & Ben
 Sarah & Monika
Michael & Danny

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.

 Message Music
 Public Service Announcements
 Civil Rights Movement:
Abraham, Martin and John
Dion
If I Had a Hammer
Peter, Paul and Mary
“We Shall Overcome”
Joan Baez
“Think”
Aretha Franklin
“People Got to Be Free”
The Rascals
“Keep On Pushing”
Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions
“Respect Yourself"
The Staple Singers
“Stand”
Sly and the Family Stone
Vietnam War
The Vietnam Song
Country Joe
Born in the USA
Bruce Springsteen
“Draft Dodger Rag”
Phil Ochs
“War”
Edwin Starr
“Ohio”
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
“Fortunate Son”
Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Give Peace a Chance”
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band
“Blowin’ in the Wind”
Bob Dylan
 History of Public Service Announcements (PSA)

Fun Example-Zombies

1960s-Johnny Smoke

1960s-Like Father Like Son

1960s-Brush your Teeth

1970s-Swing Flu

1980s-Medicine is not Candy

1979-Star Wars Drunk Driving

Spoof "The More You Know" PSAs by the cast of THE OFFICE--the format is the same that NBC used for their real "The More you Know" PSAs. Short and to the point.

Angry Birds PSA

Message Music and PSAs


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.

 Group Sections
 Latinos Chapter 31 section 1
 Native Americans
 Chapter 31 Section 1
 Women Chapter 31 Section 2
 Environmentalists Chapter 32 Section 4
 Vietnam Chapter 30 Section 3

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:
  • 1-2 minutes in length
  • May be filmed/edited ahead of time or presented live to the class. Either should be high quality.
  • Must be original dialogue, but it can look similar to example themes you may you find online.
  • Must accurately represent the purpose and position of your assigned group
  • Must attempt to sway the audience into agreeing with a specific situation/event/idea
  • Presentations must be well-rehearsed and done as professionally as possible

Message Music:

  • 1-2 minutes in length
  • May be recorded/edited ahead of time or presented live to the class.  Either should be high quality.
  • Lyrics must be original, but you may use the tune of a pop culture song as long as you cite it correctly.
  • Must accurately represent the purpose and position of your assigned group
  • Must attempt to sway the audience into agreeing with a specific situation/event/idea
  • Presentations must be well-rehearsed and done as professionally as possible
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.



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