Listen Up: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Posted by Tara Harvey on 5/27/2021 8:00:00 AM

Dan Luellen is always asking his students to think about the government and the impact it has on their lives. His government students dug into the civil liberties and civil rights they cared about and considered the power that it takes to create change. During a socratic seminar these juniors unpacked the difficulty of living in a “cancel” culture, the guarded nature of people this year, and the dehumanizing power of social media.

Thinking about the back and forth between "we the people" and the people in charge they dug into the means to get those in power to listen.  Students created an analysis of a song that brought attention to an societal issue that falls within the spectrum of civil liberties or civil rights.  Through researching the historical and modern context students considered the impact the song did or did not have on society. Below are the songs they chose and few of the presentation slides they shared.

 

The Listen Up playlist was born. 

Imagine by John Lennon
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people
Livin' for today ah
 
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Livin' life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Winston Lennon
Imagine lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing
 

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