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Give Peace a Chance: Protest Music of the Vietnam War

Ian Weissman
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(107)
In this class, students will explore the role music played in the anti-war movement of the Vietnam Era

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Students will learn to use music as a primary source for learning about historical events.  Students will also learn about major events of the Vietnam War and how the music created at the time reflected the values of those who opposed the war.
I have been a NYC public school teacher for 7 years and have taught at both the middle school and high school levels.  I have a BA in History from Pennsylvania State University and a MA in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a New York State professional teaching certification.  I've completed the Level 3 certification from the Center For Racial Justice in Education and have led professional developments on discussing race in the classroom through the New York City Mastery Collaborative.  I have a strong passion for music and have taught multiple music history classes, including History of the Blues, Rock n' Roll & Teenage Rebellion, and Hip-Hop History.
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Students will be provided with all sources and lyric sheets, as well as a link to the playlist used in this class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This class will discuss war, which can be traumatic for some students.  I will not use graphic or gory images, but we will discuss some of the harsh realities of war.  These topics will be handled sensitively and students are encouraged to share their feelings and reactions as much as they feel comfortable.  
In this course we will make use of a variety of primary and secondary sources that offer differing viewpoints on the intersection of music and politics during the Vietnam War.  Learners will read lyrics by the artists themselves, excerpts from a contemporary Rolling Stone article on the antiwar movement, and view a series of charts and graphs that demonstrate the turning tide of the Vietnam War.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(107)
Hi everyone and welcome to my profile!  I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with you and your students.  I am currently a New York City public school teacher.  Throughout my career, I've taught at both the high school and middle... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
70 min

Completed by 44 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-15 learners per class

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