Project Director

Baker, Daniel

Department Examiner

Rutledge, Valerie; Sandefur, Sarah; Sompayrac, Joanie


Dept. of Education


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Contemporary U.S.History: Music as a Voice for Civil Rights Protest,1950-Present. This departmental honors project was created to take an in-depth look into popular music's voice as a medium for Civil Rights protest. This unit composed of eight lesson plans is to serve as a resource for teachers to create a real and tangible interdisciplinary approach to teaching contemporary U. S. history. The material covered is derived from popular music of its time, yet based strongly on research ofactual events. These lessons cover a narrow yet vital and significant scope of civil rights protest, action, and consequence in the time period of 1950 to the present. The material within this unit is useful for supplemental and enrichment purposes. Designed for education on the secondary level, these lessons can be used in addition to a regular U.S. history curriculum. The actual placement of these enrichment activities is left to the wisdom of the educator. By successfully supplementing this resource, a teacher will be able to cover all the vital information in this period of American history, yet will also be able to offer to his/her students an indepth study of civil rights. Through this experience, students would gain a relevant,meaningful, and memorable interpretation of American history and culture. This project is significant to a student's education as demonstrated by its fulfillment of the following Hamilton County Education Standards:ss 4.H.l Evaluate causes and effects of major events in United States History.4.H.2 Analyze the impact of historical events and philosophical belie's on United States culture.4.H.5 Recognize motivations and forces that lead to change in United States history.5.H.6 Analyze and demonstrate knowledge of short complex passages that reveal an understanding of content connections.2.H.3 Evaluate historical and contemporary efforts to narrow the gap between American ideals and reality through individual, social and political action.2.H.4 Examine the impact of multiculturalism in American society.LA 2.10.2 Relate literature to the author's life and cultural background, in order to relate to other works and to oneself, emphasizing core selections.2.12.1 Use the skills of interpretation to analyze various literary and technical selections to determine both literal and implied meaning.


B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.




Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century; Protest songs--United States; History--Study and teaching (Secondary)--United States


Curriculum and Instruction

Document Type



ii, 62 leaves





Call Number

LB2369.5 .K826 2003