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Got My Mojo Workin': Muddy Waters & The Great Migration

In this course, students will explore the Great Migration through the music of Muddy Waters
Ian Weissman
103 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 16 learners
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70 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
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Students will improve their understanding of the Great Migration and how music can be used as a historical source.
I am currently a New York City public school teacher 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.
No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to share their reflections with their family.
 2 files available upon enrollment
Students will be provided with all sources and lyric sheets, as well as a link to the playlist of songs used.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This course will discuss the struggles African-Americans faced in the South during the early 1900's.  We will explore ideas of racism, discrimination, segregation, and poverty.
In this course we will make use of a variety of primary and secondary sources that offer differing viewpoints on the relationship between the Great Migration and Muddy Waters' life.  Students will read lyrics by Waters himself, a letter written by a sharecropper  on Waters' childhood plantation in Mississippi, and an excerpt from a Chicago Public Library article on the new life African-Americans experienced in Northern cities.


Ian Weissman
Lives in the United States
Take a Musical Journey Through History!
103 total reviews
80 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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