Lesson Plan Topic: Grammy Tributes
Objective: Students will study the lives of some of the musical icons remembered at this year’s 2017 Grammy Awards and the impact they had on society and culture.
Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2
Reading level: Fluent/Advanced.
**Standards retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org
Preface/Teacher Notes: Music has always been a way for individuals to express emotions, views, ideas, all with the hopes to impact or open the eyes of others. When a music icon leaves us, many people feel a sadness, void, and emptiness not only for the individual’s creative side, but for everything they stood for. In 2016, the music world said goodbye to George Michael, Prince, and David Bowie. The trifecta of loss left the pop culture world and the rest of us reeling. At the 2017 Grammy Awards, tributes were dedicated to all three musicians to honor their contribution not only to the music industry, but society and culture as a whole.
Essential Question (s): What themes existed in their music that seemed to be a direct connection to society at that time? What causes did each artist appear to support? What about the artists could be seen as controversial? How did these artists inspire other artists? How might society/music be different today had these three artists not been around?
**Students can use the Grammy Tributes collection
**Students can also search Choosito Web to further their research on the essential questions!
Step 1: Students will research the lives and careers of George Michael, Prince, and David Bowie and highlight aspects of their life that may have shaped the artist’s choices/attitudes.
Step 2: Students will then research and analyze the impacts these artists had on the music industry, culture, and society.
Step 3 (tying it all together): Students will present the following to the class:
-A brief biography of each artist.
-The causes that each artist seemed to stand for.
-What they feel the artists were each best known for, other than music.
-Themes students recognized in each artist’s’ work.
-Personal touch: What do students like/admire most about each artist?
-If students were in the music industry, what would they hope to inspire? What causes would they voice/support?
Students can present the information to their peers using the following suggestions:
-Write an obituary/tribute on each of the artists
-Oral presentation with visual aid
-A live newscast (in front of the class, video recording, audio recording).