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We Shall Overcome: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Ian Weissman
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(107)
In this course, students will use music to explore major themes of the Civil Rights Movement

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Students will learn to critically analyze music as a primary source for learning about historical events.  Students will also learn about milestone events of the Civil Rights Movement and the music created around them.
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.
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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.
This class will discuss sensitive topics, including race, discrimination, segregation, violence, and police brutality.  Topics will be handled sensitively and students will be given ample space to share their thoughts and feelings around these topics.
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 the struggle for racial equality.  Students will read contemporary lyrics by the artists themselves, view a series of images from key moments in the Civil Rights Movement, and read an excerpt from a contemporary newspaper article.  
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 46 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-15 learners per class

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