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The Beatles 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.

Do your students understand the impact of the Beatles on pop culture? A text lesson provides background information on the band while a fun audio activity engages students. Related lessons and extensions are included as well for ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives

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

  • outline the societal impact of the rock group, the Beatles
  • explain the phenomenon of Beatlemania
  • identify the members of the Beatles
  • analyze several songs from the Beatles

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Photocopies of images representing the events and appearances during Beatlemania
  • Audio of three popular Beatles songs

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.9-10.7

Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

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

Instructions

  • Begin by displaying the photocopied images for the class.
  • Ask students if they know who is depicted in the images and discuss their ideas as a class.
  • Now have students read the Introduction, Beatlemania, and After Beatlemania sections of the text lesson The Beatles: Biography, Members & Songs.
  • Were they correct in their discussion of the people and events shown in the images on display?
  • Now ask the students if they can name any members of the band. How about songs from the band? Write their ideas on the board.
  • Have students read the reminder of the text lesson now.
  • How many band members were they able to name? How many songs did they identify?

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