Art & Music

Resource Type:

Reading Level:

    • ANPO: Art X War: A Film Tackles the U.S. Occupation of Japan

    • Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. From Rethinking Schools. 11 pages.
      Film review of ANPO: Art X War, a documentary about visual resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan by Japan’s foremost contemporary artists, and several accompanying teaching activities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Art & Music, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bound for the Rio Grande: Traitors—Or Martyrs (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Bound for the Rio Grande: Traitors—Or Martyrs

    • Background Reading (PDF) and Song. Reading by Milton Meltzer and song by David Rovics. 1974. 4 pages and 5 min.
      The story of the San Patricio Battalion, Irish-American soldiers who deserted the U.S. Army during the U.S.-Mexican War and fought on the side of the Mexicans.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry

    • Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
      A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • Labor Songs

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages.
      Students explore the power of songs to build solidarity and increase understanding. This is the final activity from Bigelow and Diamond’s labor history book, The Power in Our Hands, and draws on the other lessons.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 18 pages.
      Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Lewis Hine’s Photographs

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 4 pages.
      Using photographs to spark creative writing and critical thinking about child labor issues and social justice.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 19th Century, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Media, Social Class | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Remembering Mahmoud Darwish

    • Teaching Activity. By Naomi Shihab Nye and Linda Christensen. 4 pages.
      An essay, poem, and teaching idea utilizing famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s work to help students “name the invisible forces that imprison them.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, World History/Global Studies |
    • School Days: Hail, Hail, Rock ‘n’ Roll! (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • School Days: Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll!

    • Teaching Activity. By Rick Mitchell. 10 pages.
      Description of a course on the history of music in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Stenciling Dissent: A Student Project Draws on the Language of the Streets (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Stenciling Dissent: A Student Project Draws on the Language of the Streets

    • Teaching Activity. By Andrew Reed. 5 pages.
      Teaching activity connects students to history of art as a means of protest and gives them opportunity and skills to create their own stencil with a powerful message.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Art & Music, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing |
    • Sun City - A Teaching Guide

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 6 pages.
      Lessons to accompany the 1985 video “Sun City” that promoted the cultural boycott of South Africa initiated by Little Steven van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E St. Band.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Union Maids (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Union Maids

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 3 pages.
      Activity for students to write from the point of view of one of the women featured in the film Union Maids.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson. 2015. 272 pages.
      Lessons and poetry to help students develop writing skills, build community, and create a vision of a future with justice.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Art & Music, Language Arts | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades Pre-K-2, High School
    • Strangers In Their Own Country: A Curriculum Guide On South Africa

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 1985. 116 pages.
      Lessons on apartheid in South Africa and the global anti-apartheid movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Artists in Times of War

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2004. 112 pages.
      In this collection of four essays, Zinn writes about the unique role of artists, activists, and publishers in working toward change.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

    • Book – Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages.
      Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latino, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Celebrate People's History: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Josh MacPhee. 2010. 256 pages.
      A visual representation of people’s history through political posters.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Posters | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Art & Music, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Eleanor Rubin: Dreams of Repair

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Eleanor Rubin. 2011. 64 pages, 37 color.
      Book of artwork by Eleanor Rubin featuring 37 illustrations with a foreword by Howard Zinn.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Art & Music | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Shaun Slifer and Bec Young. 2010. 192 pages.
      Images and short bios of 78 activists from throughout U.S. history and the Americas. For middle school to adult.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Art & Music, Organizing | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Joe Sacco. 2013. 54 pages.
      Illustrated book depicting the horrific Battle of Somme, emblematic of a hideous war.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • I and I: Bob Marley

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Tony Medina. Illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson. 48 pages. 2009.
      The life of Bob Marley told through poems and illustrations.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Themes: Art & Music | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5
    • I See the Rhythm

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood. 2005. 32 pages.
      A lyrical voyage through 500 years of African American music, from its roots in Africa to contemporary hip-hop for ages 6+.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Themes: Art & Music | Reading Levels: Grades Pre-K-2
    • Murals: Walls That Sing

    • Book – Non-fiction. By George Ancona. 2003. 48 pages.
      Beautiful photo-essay of murals from all over the United States, primarily in Latino communities.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Themes: Art & Music, Latino | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. 2005. 64 pages. Picture book for upper elementary/middle school on the many forms of resistance to slavery.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: 18th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Organizing, Slavery | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. 2008. 64 pages.
      Stories and songs for upper elementary from the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1965.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Rise Up Singing

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Peter Blood and Annie Patterson. 2004. 288 pages.
      Social justice songs on various themes.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Art & Music, Labor | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
Page 1 of 3123