October 28th, 2003
Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
Lesson Overview

Overview:

When Alan Lomax heard Woody Guthrie at the Forrest Theater on March 31, 1940, he felt that he had found The Missing Link of American culture, a man of the people who knew all the old songs but rewrote the words to illuminate the struggles of the common people. This lessonwill provide students with an understanding of the political and economic climate in which Woody Guthrie lived and examine how his music reflected his times.

Grade Level:

9-12

Time:

  • 30 minutes of homework to find and summarize topical articles
  • two class periods to find political definitions and create continuum of political terminology from extreme right to extreme left
  • one class period to take and discuss a political survey
  • two class periods to read and find answers from readings
  • one class period to debrief reading assignment
  • one class period for song comparison activity

Subjects:

Music, Language Arts, American History, Civics

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • find and identify topical articles from news sources.
  • read and summarize news articles, selecting relevant details.
  • make distinctions among political positions.
  • examine their own political beliefs.
  • find answers to questions from reading materials.
  • draw conclusions from their reading.

Standards:

National Standards:

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

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 CIVICS, Level 4, Standard 19
Understands what is meant by “the public agenda,” how it is set, and how it is influenced by public opinion and the media

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 2

Understands the historical perspective

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 23
Understands the causes of the Great Depression and how it affected American society

MCREL UNITED STATES HISTORY, Level 4, Standard 24
Understands how the New Deal addressed the Great Depression, transformed American federalism, and initiated the welfare state

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

Salinger

Produced by THIRTEEN    ©2014 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.