“Can chart music teach us about black history?” - Secondary KS3/KS4 Black History Resource

Following Dave’s Mercury Prize success, Stormzy’s recent number ones and Drake’s hand in the revival of critically-acclaimed drama Top Boy (which also has a star-studded soundtrack), we thought it fitting to mark the occasion by talking about music. The question students will be discussing is “Can chart music teach us about black history?”

These lessons ask students to consider the role of chart music in conveying the experiences of black British performers, and whether understanding these can in turn help us understand black history. The 15 minute lesson impact of lyrics from some of the UK’s most influential performers while the 45 minute also looks at how musicians can influence change. The assembly introduces the inspirational figures who made an appearance in music video for Dave the Rapper’s sensational song Black.

This lesson pack includes:

  • Secondary Assembly
  • 15 Minute Lesson
  • 15 Minute Lesson Plan
  • 45 Minute Lesson
  • 45 Minute Lesson Plan
  • 16+ Lesson
  • 16+ Lesson Plan
  • Secondary Cross Curricular
  • Secondary Curriculum Guide

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