What is Good Music?: How to Write Your Own Music Review

This lesson aims to encourage students to write a short persuasive essay on a music album of their choice. Students should write a compelling piece that reviews this music album and evaluate if it’s worth purchasing.

Fighting Fast Food With Algebra

In this lesson, students create and solve inequality expressions using calories burned during certain exercise routines as compared to fast food.

The Slave Narrative of Django…The D is Silent

In this lesson, students create their own slave narratives by researching aspects of the film Django Unchained that both conform to and depart from the traditional characteristics of past slave narratives.

Django Unchained tells the story of a slave-turned-bounty-hunter and discusses his exploits and adventures. This lesson helps students understand the different aspects of traditional slave narratives and how such narratives are related to Django Unchained.

A Song of an Era: Using Songwriting to Chronicle a Time in History

In this lesson students will research a particular era in history and write a song or rap that reflects that social issues and historical events of that time. Everyday we hear some form of music, whether on the radio, television, on our iPod, and other sources. While there are songs that are meaningless, there are songs that have been written through the years that are filled with meaning that are meant to empower us to take action in some way. Songs that have depth to them, have caused us to begin talking and thinking about the current issues within our society.

Women in Politics

The objective of this lesson is to examine the growing role of women in politics.

The role of women in our society is growing each year, especially with music powerhouses like Beyonce and Madonna and breakthrough female film directors like Kathryn Bigelow leading the way. These strong females are really setting a benchmark for women all across the country.

Just like women in media, women in politics are breaking down that “glass ceiling.” 2013 marks a milestone in women’s political history, 19 female Senators have taken office. Though women are not a majority, their rise in political power reflects the changing times in our country. The U.S. population is 51 percent female. In Congress, however, 90 percent of the lawmakers are male, 89 percent in the House of Representatives and 80 percent in the Senate.

Scoring Your Life

In this lesson, students will create musical scores to represent aspects of their lives using the techniques and ideas of famed composer Hans Zimmer.

Hans Zimmer has composed scores for films such as Gladiator, Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. To create these scores, Zimmer used various pieces of the films’ tropes and storylines to decide what type of music to use and when to use it.

The Physics of the Dunk

Students learn about the physics and mathematics behind dunking a basketball using ESPN Sport Science‘s feature on Blake Griffin.

Do You Buy the Hype? Tackling Consumer Culture with Macklemore

In this lesson, students analyze Macklemore’s songs “Thrift Shop” and “Wings,” which are both songs that call for people to eschew label-conscious, consumption obsessed culture, and ask themselves the question: How much do we care about brand names and designer labels? How much of my life is focused on consuming, and how much do I create?

Battle of the Consoles Part 1

In this lesson, students learn hardware specification terms and collaborate to identify the specifications of different video game consoles. Students then compare the specifications to determine which system they believe is the best.