A SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON

REGGAE - THE HEARTBEAT OF A NATION

 

GRADE LEVEL:     10 - 12                                                 TEACHER: Mr. Francis

 

DURATION:            90-minute (Double period)                DATE: July 19, 2006

 

TOPIC:                      Reggae – The Heartbeat of a Nation

 

AIM:                          What is the importance of Reggae Music to this nation and its  

                                    effect on the rest of the world, if any?

 

 

LEARNING

STANDARDS:          Students will actively examine the music of  western and other

                                    world cultures and the values that they placed on this type of

                                    performing art.

                                   

 

LEARNING

OBJECTIVES:          Students will analyze the roles and contributions of individuals and

                                    groups to social and cultural practices and activities in the arts,

                                    with special reference to music.   

                                    

                                    

PERFORMANCE

INDICATOR          Students explain the dynamics of how commercial-music affects

                                   the cultural change and how interactions between and among

                                   cultures has affected various cultural groups throughout the world. 

                                        

 

LESSON PRESENTATION

 

Teacher

Demonstration:        Without writing the Topic and the Aim on the board, the teacher  

(Mini lesson -             will ask a student to enter the following URL:           

15 minutes)                          

                                   http://www.chicagoreggae.com/

                                  

                                   He will then ask the class this question:

 

                                   What kind of music is this?

                               

                                   After soliciting answers from the class, hoping that the correct

                                   answer will be said or if not, telling students the answer, he will

                                   then proceed to note the Topic and the Aim on the board.   

 

Essential

Questions:                 The following questions will be distributed to students in their

                                   groups:

                                   1.  What is reggae?

                                   2.  Where did reggae music had its origin?

                                   3.  When was it originated?

4.  Who were its originators? 

5.  Why was it originated?

 

Classwork

Activity:                   Please use the next 30 minutes to answer these questions by

                                  referring to the following web sites:

 

                                  http://www.bobmarley.com/life/musicalinfluences/reggae/

                                 

                                  http://www.imeamusic.org/research/2002silvey.shtml

 

                                  http://www.cariwave.com/Evolution_Afro_Caribbean_Music.htm

 

                                  http://www.orgsites.com/ma/reggaeuganda/_pgg8.php3

 

                                  While students are perusing the web sites and taking notes, the

                                  teacher would be facilitating (answering questions, maintaining

                                  discipline, etc). 

 

Culminating

Activity:                   Write five paragraphs based on the Essential Questions (One     

                                  paragraph for each question).  You may collaborate with each other

                                  but  please ensure that you and your group members do not have

                                  similar wording for this exercise.

 

                 

Web Sites /

Technology:             1 computer/student (laptop) with access to the web browser IE,

                                   and the web sites listed as the classwork activities.

 

Other

Resources:                Notebooks, pens/pencils

 

Rubric:                      Please see the attached.

 

 

 

 RUBRIC for the CULMINATING  ACTIVITY

 

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4

3

2

1

 

Group Collaboration

All four students are actively participating in  the group

Not all students are participating in the group

Only one student is working in the group

The group is not working.

 

Access to web sites and note-taking

All web sites are accessed.

Only three web sites are accessed.

Only two websites are accessed.

Only one web site is accessed.

 

 

Paragraphs.

All required number of paragraphs are written.

Three to four paragraphs are written

One or two paragraphs are written.

An incomplete paragraph or no paragraph is written.

 

This lesson was done as part of my Social Studies and Technology course in the summer of 2006.