I will observe to determine if the students are able to identify songs of both sides during the Civil War.
After listening and analysis I will determine if the students were able to complete the worksheet on song analysis. (85% accuracy)
Through class discussion I will observe to determine if the students are able to empathize with the hardships the soldiers experienced.
Through class discussion I will observe to determine if the students comprehend how songs today alleviate the hardships of war.
Essay Evaluation- Through the On Your Own Activity I will determine that the student will be able to write about the value of music on the lives of soldiers logically and in a real life analysis. (85% accuracy)
Lesson overview-TPS - Music during the Civil War
Overall, the lesson went very well. It went a little longer that I originally planned for but I also ended up using the Independent practice as an essay grade for their test on the Civil War.
Anticipatory set- We had been doing the Civil War for a few days so the students had some background knowledge of the war and I started out with a light hearted viewpoint by playing Goober Peas on U-Tube and as I got into more depth it got much more serious.
Direct Instruction and then Guided Practice- During this activity they read sheet music provided to them which could be found on websites or listened to and answered questions based on the lyrics. We first did this together using Goober Peas as an example and then they did it in groups which went very well. It was a time for song analysis and group discussion. I put them in groups of 2 and 3 representing both the North and South. This is when the Library of Congress Websites could be made available. This went well and I walked around listening to them interact while they answered the questions. The next day we went over the questions together and based on grading and class discussion the students learned more about the culture and entertainment during the Civil War time period.
Independent Practice - This was my favorite part and I feel it tied the whole lesson together. I instructed the students to find a song from today that would be inspirational to a soldier fighting in Afghanistan today. The student response was exceptional. It ended up extending the lesson a day or two but was well worth it. I let the students share their songs on the smart board and I happened to have a women observing a student that day and she commented on what a great lesson it was which was nice to hear. Two of my favorites were Beethoven : Symphony No. 9, and American Soldier by Toby Keith.