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Music and Image

Music and Image

 
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Author: Amee Wittbrodt
Objective:
  • Understand, analyze, evaluate, and use different types of print, digital, and multimodal media.
  • Critically analyze information found in electronic, print, and mass media and use a variety of these sources.
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Janis Ian "At 17"

Watch the video and answer the questions that follow.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does the song title mean and how does it relate to the lyrics?
  2. What is the songwriter trying to tell you? What do you think they were feeling when they wrote this song?
  3. Janis Ian wrote this song over 25 years ago. Are there themes in her lyrics that were only present in 1975, or are they present now as well?
  4. Do you think that these things will be true when the song is played in another 25 years?
  5. What is "the game" that she sings about?
  6. Why is she singing about age 17, rather than age 30, or 12, or any other time in one's life?

Source: PBS In the Mix

Silverchair "Ana's Song"

Watch the video and answer the questions that follow.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does the song title mean and how does it relate to the lyrics?
  2. Silverchair's lead singer Daniel Johns, who wrote this song, has admitted to a history with eating disorders. Does it surprise you to hear about a guy who has an eating disorder? Why would a guy be vulnerable to an eating disorder? What pressures are out there for males to look a certain way? What is the stereotype "perfect male body"?
  3. What is the artist's purpose in writing this song? Who is the intended audience? How do you know this?
  4. Who-- or rather, what-- is "Ana"? (a disease: anorexia nervosa). What in the song tells you that dealing with this disease is a real battle?

Source: PBS In the Mix

Christina Aquilera "Reflection"

Watch the video and answer the questions that follow.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does the song title mean and how does it relate to the lyrics?
  2. What is "reflection"? What kinds of reflections do we deal with in daily life?
  3. Do you think that everyone feels like nobody sees the "real them"? What can you do to feel that people ARE seeing the "real you"?

Source: PBS In the Mix

Song Lyrics

This pdf includes the lyrics to the three songs being analyzed above.

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