Learning History Through Pop Music

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There are some amazingly creative teachers out there who are utilizing their talents to create original content and helping students to learn more effectively. Two such teachers are Mr. & Mrs. Gillenwater from the New York City Public School system, who have merged their passion for education with his hobby of songwriting. And voila, History Tunes was born!

With a library of 50 cleverly titled songs, from Three-Fifths of a Man?, to Teddy Had a Little Canal, and Child of the Sixties, their songs  definitely get your feet tapping. With accompanying lyrics, it’s fun to follow along and relearn some of the long forgotten facts from those American History classes. What’s even better, is that the songs are arranged in sequential order to follow the topics that every US History text book covers–so it’s kind of like leafing through a text book beginning to end–only it won’t put you to sleep!

Each song can be purchased individually or as a full set (The American History Songbook) through iTunes, and comes complete with the following:

  • Lyrics for each song with vocabulary hyperlinks
  • A synopsis of each song’s main topic
  • All relevant vocabulary from each song
  • Tiered questions for each song
  • Test prep questions based on state standardized exams throughout the country including multiple choice, DBQ, and thematic essay questions

All of this sounds so fun, it kind of makes me wish that I was a history teacher! But hey, you don’t have to be a teacher or student to take advantage of this great resource. Eager adult learners, history buffs, and tutors will all benefit from this engaging way to revisit American History.

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