Erin (icyblue) wrote in thequestionclub,

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Junior High Language Arts

I teach junior high language arts. I'm doing a poetry unit with my grade 9 class. The last question I asked you was to give me your favourite lyrics about love - thank you all for your input. I really liked hearing your suggestions and wish I could have used all of them! I used the following songs: All My Loving by the Beatles, and Teleport: A & B by the Spill Canvas. I used these to teach about overt vs. subtle poetry. We also looked at Sonnet 130 (My Mistress' Eyes) by Shakespeare and How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Honestly, I could have spent a couple of weeks looking at love poetry, but I could only spare one 52 minute class.

Anyway, here's my next problem: The next theme I'm looking at is Protest Poetry. I am using:
-" I Hate that Drum's Discordant Sound" by John Scott
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2
- "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
- "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- "What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield

These are Canadian 15 year olds and I want to give them some information for the political events the above poems are commenting on. Could someone in here give me a brief description of the Vietnam war and why it was such a protested issue in the US? From what I gather, Fortunate Son is about the fact that people could pay their way out of the draft...

Everything I'm finding on the Internet is far too long and complex. I'm sure there are people in this community who have a good working knowledge of the issue. Can you help me?
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