Are you into multiple intelligences? Are you looking to incorporate music into your curriculum? Do you like to model creativity for your students? Then you might be interested in this activity that is part of my Methods with Melody series. In this activity, called The Depression Tune, students will gain introductory knowledge to the Great Depression and New Deal. I actually lead students in the singing of this history tune with classic background music originally performed by Harry Chapin. Classes get so engaged that students are often recording and playing back the tune. With this lesson, you will receive my history lyrics so you can guide your students through the song and a link to a free midi music file to be used as the background beat. We have always had a lot of laughs with this intro activity and it is the activity most remembered by students years after graduation. I am always amazed when they can bring back a lyric (historic content) 10 or 12 years later.
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