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					                                   HSB 4M0 – Cultural Analysis Assignment

    Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand", describes music as the soundtrack of our lives. He feels that
every person in North America remembers and interprets their lives through the music they listened to. Bearing
this in mind, your task is to select one song of your generation that you believe best represents counterculture in
the past 10 years and do a lyrical and societal analysis on it. When examining the song, you need to pay
particular attention to the sub cultures that are the target / message of the lyrics.

Note: Songs must be appropriate (content and lyrics) for use in a classroom.

   Specifically, you need to:
       1) Identify and obtain the song and its lyrics (title, artist(s), date of release)
       2) Describe society during the era the song was performed (important events that may
            have influenced the song/background information)
       3) Analyse the song:
                  a) What do you think the overall message of the song is?
                  b) Does it tackle any specific issues that existed in society at the time?
                  c) What values can you determine from this song? (e.g., the pursuit of fame and fortune or
                  finding equality for all)
                  d) Does the song address / target any particular groups or sub cultures?
                  e) Are there symbols in the song that reflect social issues occurring at the time?
                  f) What are the social norms and mores? (e.g., what are the attitudes towards sex, drugs,
                  etc.)
       4) Discuss the dynamics and characteristics of the particular sub culture that is present in your song
       analysis.

You will be required to present your song and analysis to the class in an interesting way. You will do a one page
write up of your song in your journal.(discussion of subculture and lyrical analysis) This will be entry #1 of Unit
3.

   Evaluation for this assignment is as follows:

                              Level 4                 Level 3                Level 2                 Level 1
    Analysis of        Specific                Demographics used      Limited use of          Minimal use of
     Society           demographic             to explain society,    demographics to         demographics,
   (Knowledge)         reasons provided to     cultural and           discuss society,        generic information,
                       explain society, in     historical analysis    limited cultural and    cultural and
                       depth cultural and                             historical analysis     historical analysis
                       historical analysis                                                    lacking
Analysis of Lyrics     All areas addressed     All areas addressed    Most areas              Analysis of several
  (Application)        in great detail.        in detail. Many        addressed, some         areas incomplete.
                       Specific examples       examples used to       use of examples to      Limited use of
                       used to support         support analysis       support analysis        examples
                       analysis
   Sub Culture         Nature and              Nature and             Analysis of group       Analysis of group
     Analysis          character of group      character of group     lacking detail /        incomplete. Link to
    (Thinking)         examined in depth.      examined. Links        depth. Simplistic       current society
                       Strong links            made with current      link made to current    missing or
                       explored with           society                society                 inaccurate.
                       current society
   Presentation        Professional.           Rehearsed.             Organization            Incomplete.
 (Communication)       Pictures and other      Pictures and           problems.               Resources absent
                       resources used to       resources used to      Resources               or inappropriately
                       greatly add to          add to presentation    inappropriately         used
                       presentation            Some use of notes      used.                   Read directly from
                       No use of notes or      and/or reading from    Frequent reading        notes and/or
                       reading from            powerpoint             from notes and/or       powerpoint
                       powerpoint                                     powerpoint
                                   HSB 4M0 – Cultural Analysis Assignment

    Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand", describes music as the soundtrack of our lives. He feels that
every person in North America remembers and interprets their lives through the music they listened to. Bearing
this in mind, your task is to select one song of your generation that you believe best represents counterculture in
the past 10 years and do a lyrical and societal analysis on it. When examining the song, you need to pay
particular attention to the sub cultures that are the target / message of the lyrics.

Note: Songs must be appropriate (content and lyrics) for use in a classroom.

   Specifically, you need to:
       1) Identify and obtain the song and its lyrics (title, artist(s), date of release)
       2) Describe society during the era the song was performed (important events that may
            have influenced the song/background information)
       3) Analyse the song:
                  a) What do you think the overall message of the song is?
                  b) Does it tackle any specific issues that existed in society at the time?
                  c) What values can you determine from this song? (e.g., the pursuit of fame and fortune or
                  finding equality for all)
                  d) Does the song address / target any particular groups or sub cultures?
                  e) Are there symbols in the song that reflect social issues occurring at the time?
                  f) What are the social norms and mores? (e.g., what are the attitudes towards sex, drugs,
                  etc.)
       4) Discuss the dynamics and characteristics of the particular sub culture that is present in your song
       analysis.

You will be required to present your song and analysis to the class in an interesting way. You will do a one page
write up of your song in your journal.(discussion of subculture and lyrical analysis) This will be entry #1 of Unit
3.

   Evaluation for this assignment is as follows:

                              Level 4                 Level 3                Level 2                 Level 1
    Analysis of        Specific                Demographics used      Limited use of          Minimal use of
     Society           demographic             to explain society,    demographics to         demographics,
   (Knowledge)         reasons provided to     cultural and           discuss society,        generic information,
                       explain society, in     historical analysis    limited cultural and    cultural and
                       depth cultural and                             historical analysis     historical analysis
                       historical analysis                                                    lacking
Analysis of Lyrics     All areas addressed     All areas addressed    Most areas              Analysis of several
  (Application)        in great detail.        in detail. Many        addressed, some         areas incomplete.
                       Specific examples       examples used to       use of examples to      Limited use of
                       used to support         support analysis       support analysis        examples
                       analysis
   Sub Culture         Nature and              Nature and             Analysis of group       Analysis of group
     Analysis          character of group      character of group     lacking detail /        incomplete. Link to
    (Thinking)         examined in depth.      examined. Links        depth. Simplistic       current society
                       Strong links            made with current      link made to current    missing or
                       explored with           society                society                 inaccurate.
                       current society
   Presentation        Professional.           Rehearsed.             Organization            Incomplete.
 (Communication)       Pictures and other      Pictures and           problems.               Resources absent
                       resources used to       resources used to      Resources               or inappropriately
                       greatly add to          add to presentation    inappropriately         used
                       presentation            Some use of notes      used.                   Read directly from
                       No use of notes or      and/or reading from    Frequent reading        notes and/or
                       reading from            powerpoint             from notes and/or       powerpoint
                       powerpoint                                     powerpoint

				
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