Monday, November 21, 2011

I Need to Wake Up - Melissa Ethridge

ELA - song, "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Etheridge...
 Check it out on Youtube. 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)

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.... Get ready to explain the connection to the social issue the song explores...

Extension: Other Social Justice songs...
*Be aware of appropriate lyrics!

A. You are challenged to find   a contemporary song that has an important message about "Stepping Up". In this assignment, include a copy of the lyrics and include the song with your RELIGION ASSIGNMENT RESEARCH AND GLOGSTER PRESENTATION... ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS.

B. When you present your religion assignment, be ready to  state how the message of the song  connects to our unit, "Stepping Up" and to your activist. Explain your reasons with specific details....

C. You can embed a video and/or 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.


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