WebQuest: PATRIOTIC THEMES IN
for Patriotic Themes in Country Music WebQuest:
As Americans, we see freedom reflected in many aspects of our culture. Television, movies, advertising, art, and music all mirror life in the United States. Country Music provides us with lyrics that express pride in being Americans. Country Music is the music of the "common man" and has a long history of expressing the hopes and dreams of everyday people. Many images seen in Country Music videos reflect "symbols" of our freedom. This WebQuest will help students to see that patriotism and love of country are common themes in Country Music.
This WebQuest provides opportunities to explore some Country Music songs that reflect symbols of freedom found in the United States of America. You will use the music and on-line resources to learn about what freedom means, life in the United States, and symbols that represent our freedom. Students will work together in groups to research different symbols of freedom found in the United States of America.
Your task is to listen to country music songs, read the lyrics, and view videos that include references to symbols of freedom in the United States of America. You will compare and contrast the means that each song uses to reflect the types of freedom we enjoy. Your tasks will include responding to several data response formats that guide you through critical analysis of the songs and of different concepts of freedom.
Your final portfolio will include:
- personal reflections based on critical listening of country music songs
- data response formats used in active listening and viewing
- analysis of common themes in country music Top Ten Music Chart lists
- conceptual maps based on song lyrics
- visual representations based on inferential reading of lyrics
- Venn Diagram categorizing the definition of "heroes" based on different country music songs
- research findings (group work) on symbols of freedom in the United States of America
Read the following questions and discuss them in your group. The "scribe" should make notes about initial thoughts and reactions.
1. What do you think of when you see the words "Country Music?"
2. What are some topics that you remember from country music songs you
3. Are the topics in country music songs different from the topics of
pop/rock music? If yes, how do these topics differ from pop/rock
4. Why do you think certain topics are more common in country music?
5. How does music in general tell us about our culture?
6. How do symbols represent beliefs in a society? How important are
those symbols and what do they communicate to people?
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