Reggae Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is reggae music and where did it originate? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline critical facts about reggae music for students. An activity connects students with popular reggae songs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'reggae music'
  • outline the origins of reggae music
  • discuss the factors that influence reggae music
  • list several well-known reggae artists
  • summarize the influence of reggae music

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

Materials

  • An audio sample of a popular reggae song
  • Paper copies of the text lesson What Is Reggae? - Definition, Artists & Instruments
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Photocopies of the lyrics of five well-known reggae songs
  • Audio clips of performances of the five well-known reggae songs used for the lyrics above

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