Teaching United States History: working through the United States history survey, this blog examines what we teach and why, how we teach it and with what tools, and what assignments we use and how we evaluate them. It's a forum for teachers and students to discuss their experiences in teaching and studying United States history.
Friday, August 17, 2012
US History Mix Tape
Many of use music from an era to open a lecture or for discussion, but one approach I have taken the past few years is to encourage students to try and think of songs they know that fit with main themes of a period. I've developed my own (and made videos with images from the time period to present the material in a fun way). I try to incorporate the ideas from the song into my lecture (such as "why would it be so hard to lay down" in the age of colonialism? or "did it seem like Americans were insistent on burning down their own society from the 1830s through the 1850s?) So here's my playlist ... any other ideas:
Colonial Contact: Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain"
US Expansion (1803-1850): Big Country's "In a Big Country"