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May 5, 2020

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame adds new educational materials to its free online learning platform


Lady Gaga and Lizzo Activity Pack’s, U2 & Bill Withers Collection’s, “Hound Dog” Lesson, and more

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has new educational materials in its free online learning platform, Rock Hall EDU.

Bring the power of rock to your students and family with these new resources and daily lessons.
 
Create a free account and access professionally developed lesson plans, activities, presentations, videos, playlists and other materials that meet national and state learning standards in a variety of subjects for grades kindergarten through college. 
 
New educational materials and spotlight collections include:
 
  • Lady Gaga Activity Pack: Make connections between today’s artists and rock’s history. Learn more about singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, including her fashion and style, and her connection to Rock Hall Inductee Freddie Mercury of Queen. This pack includes listening, artifact, and writing activities.
  • Lizzo Activity Pack: Use this pack to draw connections between singer-songwriter Lizzo and Inductee Prince. Learn more about Lizzo, including facts about her career, fashion, and style with listening, artifact, and writing activities.
  • Punk Collection: Complementing this week’s video vault releases, learn about punk scenes in New York City, London, and beyond. Younger fans can flex their creative muscles with the "Punk DIY Creative Arts Activity," learning how the DIY philosophy of punk applies beyond music. Older fans can dig into Patti Smith's handwritten lyrics to "The Jackson Song." Fans of all ages can use the flyers, postcards, and photos to learn how to work with primary archival sources, provided by our Library & Archives.
  • U2 Collection: With Bono’s upcoming birthday on May 10, use this collection to introduce students to U2. Younger learners discover the letter “U” with a “Rock ‘N Learn” worksheet, and discuss with older learners changing meanings of the world “shelter” with featured video performances by U2, Mick Jagger and Fergie. 
  • Bill Withers CollectionIn partnership with YOUnison, the Rock Hall celebrated Worldwide Day of Gratitude by highlighting 2015 Inductee Bill Withers and his song, "Lean on Me.” This collection includes videos from Withers’ Induction, playlists, archival material from our Library and Archives, and activities.
  • Accidentals Collection: This collection includes everything you need to perform the Accidentals’ “Requiem for a Lark,” including the score, chord charts, lyrics, the music video, and audio of the song. Learn more about this female-fronted multi-instrument power trio, their music style and influences, and crossover between classical and rock music. Designed in collaboration with Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
  • *Educator Favorite* Electric Guitar Collection: This collection highlights one of the most influential instruments in rock history. Watch videos to learn about how it works and its role in rock music, use PowerPoints comparing the electric guitar to the bass guitar to learn similarities and differences, read essays about guitarists Chuck Berry and Les Paul, and enjoy a Bootsy Collins space bass activity. 
  • “Hound Dog” Lesson: Using the popular song “Hound Dog” learn about the cultural complexities of musical “ownership” and performance. Compare and contrast two versions of the song by two different artists – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and Elvis Presley. Grades 9-12.
  • Rock & Roll’s Blues Roots Playlist:Celebrate the blues roots of Inductees Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt and its origins in rock & roll by diving into this playlist. The playlist complements newly released Induction performance videos and speeches on the Class of 2000 available on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel. 
You can check back daily on Rock Hall EDU for new uploads and let us know which artists and resources you'd like to see more of by sending a note with subject line "Rock Hall EDU Request" to edusupport@rockhall.org
 
Also extending our mission to engage, teach, and inspire through the power of rock & roll is the Rock Hall’s Joy Ride.

The branded Rock Hall van lifts spirits playing music in the community at food distributions and celebratory activities.

Requests for Rock Hall Joy Ride appearances can be made by nonprofit organizations to info@rockhall.org
 
Stay connected on rockhall.com and across the Rock Hall’s social channels on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more ways to explore the Rock Hall online, visit rockhall.com/explore-online
 
About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and concerts. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online – Visit rockhall.com or follow the Rock Hall on Facebook (@rockandrollhalloffame), Twitter (@rockhall), Instagram (@rockhall) and YouTube (youtube.com/rockhall). Long Live Rock.

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