Lesson Plans & Activities:
Speak Truth to Power's music curriculum introduces general human rights issues through the songs and stories of some remarkable people working in the field. Through analyzing songs of concience students will have a better understanding of how music is used to create change and how they can become personally involved in the protection of human rights.
The Speak Up Sing Out Music Curriculum was developed in partnership with Rock Your World.
This section will guide students through the process of reading songs to notice and name structures, techniques and devices, annotating song lyrics to name specific structures and techniques.
Listening to Songs as Songwriters
The Grammy Museum has an introductory lesson in their Songs of Conscience, Songs of Freedom Curriculum that introduces students to four purposes of political songs: To Inform, To Unite, To Inspire and To Confront. This lesson builds on that introduction, guiding students through the process of listening to and analyzing songs that inform, unite, inspire and confront.
Listening to Songs as Activists
This section will focus on the connection between the chorus and the theme of a song. It will guide students as they work on composing and/or revising a chorus which is memorable and connected to their song's overall purpose and theme.
Memorable and Thematic Chorus
This section will guide students as they begin exploring possibilities for their own songs, composing initial ideas connected to their purpose as songwriters. This section will highlight the use of the writing process to compose with a purpose and audience in mind.
Starting to Compose
This section will focus on the specific impact that poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration and rhyme have on songs, guiding students as they integrate these poetic devices into their own songs.
Poetic Devices in Songs
This section will familiarize yourself with music related vocabulary.