Protest Song Analysis Project
Please Watch This Before Starting Your Project:
You DO NOT HAVE TO PRINT this, but you need to submit answers for each question on this sheet. Your answers need to be submited to me using your school email. You can submit your answers by:
Typing your answers into the body of an email
Attaching your answers to a Word or Google .doc file
Printing and filling out the sheet. Then scan it, or take a picture of it, and attach it to an email.
You need to do this for TWO of the songs from the list below. If you want to do a song not on the list you will have to have it approved by me first. Please submit your reponses to BOTH songs at the same time. This should be completed by Tuesday, May 5th.
Choose TWO of Following to Analyze on Your Own
We Shall Overcome, by Joan Baez
A Change is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke
Keep Your Hand on the Plow, by Mahalia Jackson
People Get Ready, by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
Bring 'em Home, by Pete Seeger
Alice's Restaurant, by Arlo Guthrie
Eve of Destruction, by Barry McGuire
For What It's Worth, by Buffalo Springfield
Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Give Peace a Chance, by Plastic Ono Band
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag, by Country Joe and the Fish
War (What Is It Good For?), By Edwin Starr
You should take advantage of websites such as azlyrics.com, Song Meanings and Genius Lyrics to gain a better understanding of your songs' lyrics. In addition you should look up each song's Wikipedia page to get a full understanding of your songs' historical context. Under no circumstances should you copy and paste anything, word for word, from any website. This will be considered a gross incident of plagiarism and will be automatically given a zero with no chance to resubmit or redo.
This will count as your Unit 9 Writing Assignment grade. Instead of the usual 60 point grade system each song analysis will be worth 50 points (2 Songs = Total 100 points).
There are three examples provided below. You CANNOT use any of these three songs. Your answers should look similar in length, content, and sophistication to these examples. The sections that require more than a one word answer should be written in full, complete, grammatally correct sentences. You need to ensure that your answers for the final box completely answer all aspects of the final question. The majority of your grade will be based on your answer to this section.
Protest Song Analysis Example #1 - Ohio, by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Protest Song Analysis Example #2 - Mississippi God***, by Nina Simone
Protest Song Analysis Example #3 - What's Going On, by Marvin Gaye