October 28th, 2002
Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
Lesson Overview

Overview:

The Allied victory in World War II and subsequent prosperity in the United States set the background for what was going to be a perfect world. The thousands children born to the returning GIs, however, were soon shaken into reality by the Cold War and unresolved racial issues dating from the Civil War. Bob Dylan’s music was shaped by the historical era in which he lived, and he was able to capture the spirit of the times and translate it into music that no one had ever heard before. In this lesson students will explore the era in which Bob Dylan grew up as well as the musical influences that shaped his unique style. They will also have an opportunity to do an analysis of his lyrics for content and meaning.

Grade Level:

9-12

Time:

  • two hours of independent research and writing by students
  • three class periods to present and synthesize results of research
  • one class period to write in-class essay

Subjects:

Music, American History, Civics

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • selectively read resources to gather information
  • synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • use Internet and library resources.
  • contribute to a classroom discussion using their own research and information gathered from their peers.
  • critically read and evaluate resources.

Standards:

National Standards:

MCREL MUSIC, Level 4, Standard 7
Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.

MCREL BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, Level 4, Standard 1
Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior

MCREL BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, Level 4, Standard 2
Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function

MCREL ARTS AND COMMUNICATION, Level 4, Standard 1
Understands the principles, processes, and products associated with arts and communication media

MCREL ARTS AND COMMUNICATION, Level 4, Standard 4
Understands ways in which the human experience is transmitted and reflected in the arts and communication

MCREL ARTS AND COMMUNICATION, Level 4, Standard 5
Knows a range of arts and communication works from various historical and cultural periods

MCREL CIVICS, Level 4, Standard 13

Understands the character of American political and social conflict and factors that tend to prevent or lower its intensity

MCREL CIVICS, Level 4, Standard 14
Understands issues concerning the disparities between ideals and reality in American political and social life

MCREL HISTORICAL UNDERSTANDING, Level 4, Standard 2
Understands the historical perspective

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 26

Understands the economic boom and social transformation of post-World War II United States

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 27
Understands how the Cold War and conflicts in Korean and Vietnam influenced domestic and international politics

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 28
Understands domestic policies in the post-World War II period

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 29
Understands the struggle for racial and gender equality and for the extension of civil liberties

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 4
Gathers and uses information for research purposes

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 7
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

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