Protest Music – Online Interviews

This is a post to show the teachers working on the Protest Music project how we might get parents, students and other interested parties to give responses to the songs selected by the students.

The students would select the song, find a link on YouTube they want us to use, give us the lyrics, and write questions, which they can pass on to use in email or through Moodle.  Then I could put them up on a blog, and we could send out the URL for the sites in an email to parents.  So, no actual time spent on blogging – just using the blog to get to the part we want – students getting stories from people about what the song means to them!

Here’s an example:

Ohio – Neil Young (1971)

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Questions:  to answer these questions go to “Leave a comment” at the end of this post and write your answers in the comments box – thank you!!

  1. Do you remember the first time you heard this song?  If yes, please tell me what you thought or felt about it.
  2. Do you remember the events this song is talking about?  Tell me what you thought or how you felt about them, or that time in your life.
  3. Do you have any personal memories about what this song is protesting?
  4. Is there any other information you have which would help me to understand this song?
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About Paula Montrie

I am a Middle School Librarian at Friends School of Baltimore. I have been a librarian for 11 years, serving 6 years with the Howard County Public School System before arriving at my current school. I teach two classes: SpeechCraft (a combination of information literacy, public speaking and theater), and Media Literacy at the middle school level. I also collaboratively co-teach with a number of teachers at the school, including Music, Geography, and U.S. History. I love it! My professional interests are: information literacy, multiple intelligences and learning styles, teaching through movement, curriculum-writing, technology integration, and bridging the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants. My personal interests are: dancing, singing, knitting, sewing, art, living history, writing and of course - reading!
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