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.
- 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
Music, American History, Civics
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.
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
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
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