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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
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Subject ArtsMusicSocial StudiesUS History
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

The award-winning documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. The standards-aligned TeachRock RUMBLE lesson plans can help you bring that story into the classroom.

Drawing on short clips from the film, troves of source documents, archival photos, and journalism, the TeachRock RUMBLE lessons introduce students to important Native American musicians including Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Salas, Redbone, Buffy St. Marie, Robbie Robertson, and the Black Eyed Pea’s Taboo. The materials require students to engage in thoughtful discussion of contemporary issues such as identity and cultural appropriation, and to imagine key moments in American history from a Native perspective.



Negotiating Native Identity through Art and Music-Lesson1.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
2.92 MB

Debating Cultural Appropriation-Lesson2.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
1.14 MB

Indigenous Music from Wounded Knee to the Billboard Charts-Lesson3.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
1.8 MB

The Indiginous Roots of Rock and Roll-Lesson4.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
2.69 MB

The Music Behind the Red Power Movement-Lesson5.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
3.86 MB


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