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Nancy Heggen- Lesson for the ALERT model

LESSON PLAN for the ALERT model

Outline for the “R” or Reflect

Pre- Prep: Students have been studying the Vietnam War and have finished listening to a Vietnam Veteran tell his Vietnam story. He is a poet and song writer. He sang and told many of his poems to the students. They will now reflect on their own thoughts and feelings, and how they can tell some of their stories through song.

1. Students will learn about the role of protest songs
2. Students will identify their own political agendas and write protest songs or poems
3. Students will identify political issues that are important to them, choose a song, and rewrite the words to fit a rhythm.

1. Possibly 3 class periods. (one to research, one to write/edit, one to present)
2. Computer lab to research songs
3. Writing materials, tape/CD player if needed
4. Possibly create your own protest song so students have an idea of what is expected
5. Tape or CD of protests song from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

DAY ONE: In computer lab
Ask the students to research songs of the Vietnam War. Have students print out and listen to the message of the song.  They will then need to list 5 current political issues that deeply concern them. Encourage students to share their topics. List some on the board.

Select an old nursery song to help students write their song or poem. Consider using:
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
You are my Sunshine
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
Use the example(play some) of how the Civil Rights children of Birmingham used simple rhythms so as to focus on the passion of the message. Read students your song.
Students will write and edit their messages today.

Present songs to the class. Each student will listen and try to understand the message the song is presenting. Have students comment or write down the message.


MUSIC: examples of protest songs
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute of Music:
We Shall Overcome
Blowing in the Wind
If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
Freedom Land
We Shall Not Be Moved
Mind on Freedom
This Little of Mine
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
We Were Soldiers Once…and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway


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