What Makes You YOU? Lady Gaga’s Hair and Personal Identity

In this lesson the teacher will introduce the concept of identity to students through class discussion and analysis of the Lady Gaga song “Hair”. Students will practice listening skills in addition to using facts to support their statements about what they hear. The song is about self expression through hair. Lady Gaga discusses the importance of her hair as a source of empowerment, liberation and individualism. At the end of the lesson, students should realize that their identities are based on their unique qualities and personal attributes.

Frank Ocean and Hip-Hop: Writing About Assumptions and Hypotheticals

The objective of this lesson is to have students think critically about the complicated and intricate role of homosexuality in hip-hop. The lesson also teaches students on how to write a persuasive essay based on assumptions and hypotheticals.

Russell Simmons once said “Rap music is one of the most homophobic genres of music we know.” However there has been a progressive shift in this genre of music in the last decade, and one of the pioneers of this new wave is R&B singer Frank Ocean. Ocean officially came out on his tumblr page, when he told the story of his first love, which was a man. His confession of his true self stirred up quite the response, even with celebrities like Tyler, the Creator, who has been condemned for using anti-gay lyrics in his music, voiced his support for him.

Asteroids, Meteors, Meteorites, and Meteoroids! From Sci-Fi to Reality

In this lesson, students will learn to differentiate between asteroids, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids, they will think about their definitions and representations in science and popular culture, and they will consider ways to go about further explaining these phenomena to an audience through a critical, creative-writing piece.