The Music of American History         

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         The purpose of this project is to help fifth grade students better understand American history through music. Specific songs related to the American Revolutionary War, the Erie Canal, the American labor movement,and the push for women's suffrage have been assigned to students. Students are expected to study and research these songs and determine how they relate to the event that they were written about.

       This project supports many aspects of the New York State Fifth Grade Social Studies curriculum. These include content focuses on American government, the Revolutionary War, American economics, and civic responsibility. The students are comparing and contrasting these songs with other information found on databases, magazines, and books, and making inferences about what is reflected in these scores. Through this they are able to determine cause and effect relationships, decipher fact from opinion, and determine event chronology.