Monday, November 21, 2011


Reading - song, "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Ethridge check it out on Youtube. (see below)It was written for the documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth"

Our assignment involves analyzing the lyrics and the following questions.
Who created the media text? (songwriter)

Who benefits from the text?

Why was the song created? What is the purpose of the song?

What audience is the song intended for? What specific features appeal to the audience? State specific lines and explain.

How would you change the song to appeal to a different audience?

How does knowing the song was written increase your understanding or appreciation for this song?

Think about movies you've watched and their sound tracks. What do you think directors have to consider when choosing music to go with a movie?

Listen to some of the following songs. Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics and the message the musician/songwriter is trying to give.

1. We shall overcome (gospel)
2. Cats in the Cradle (Harry Chapmin)
3. Imagine (John Lennon)
4. Unwritten (Natasha Beddingfield)
5. For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
6. Paved Paradise (Joni Mitchell)
7. Daughters (John Mayer)
8. Don't Drink the Water (Dave Matthews)
9. We Are The World (Micheal Jackson)
10. Live Like You Were Dyin (Tim McGraw)
11. Life Uncommon (Jewel)
12. Unison (Black Eyed Peas)
13. Blowin in the Wind (Boy Dylan)
14. Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley)

Listen to a few songs listed above. Think about the message.

A. You and your partner are challenged to find and present  a contemporary song that has an important message about "Stepping Up". In this assignment, include a copy of the lyrics and complete a persuasion map to support your reasoning (see graphic organizer given in class - note form below)
Reason 1 - 3 supporting details
Reason 2 - 3 supporting details
Reason 3 ....

B. Present your song to the class, stating the message of the song and how it connects to our unit, "Stepping Up" Explain your reasons with specific details.

C. Using Glogster ( I will be creating an account) you are going to create a new "socially conscience" - Social Justice oriented c.d. cover for you song. Here i a link to the site: (type that weird number/letter user id code int the blank)

D. You can play your song for the class via the SMART board, but ensure that the video is appropriate, or you will use an audio verson of the song only.

Present: Tuesday,May 25


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