We Didn't Start The Fire: Billy Joel from Jesse W on Vimeo.


We Didn't Start the Fire (original video)


Students will identify 3 words from the assigned chorus of Billy Joel's Song: "We Didn't Start The Fire" by clicking on this link "We Didn't Start the Fire" to going to his lyrics of this song. Students will choose 3 words from a chorus and click on each on to describe on a piece of paper what the word is about.

Helpful Time Period Link:
Using this particular site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Didn%27t_Start_the_Fire identify what time period your 5 words that you selected in your assigned section of verses.

Step 1:
For examples I may choose: Harry Truman, Doris Day, South Pacific, and Johnnie Ray

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Step 2:
Students will write a 5 sentence summary about each one telling
Example:
Harry Truman (Time Period) 5 sentences describing the word
Other Helpful Links:
http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/wedidnts.htm
http://www.bobsedulinks.com/downloads/We%20Didn%27t%20Star%20the%20Fire%20Assignment.pdf
http://yeli.us/Flash/Fire.html
http://musiced.about.com/od/lessonplans/a/billyjoelsong.htm

Step 3:
The song ends in 1989. With the basic structure in mind, update the song to the present (5 lines minimum) and adapt a new chorus. Be creative. It does not have to be Pop. It can be Country, Metal, or dare I say it; Rap.

Actual link to the song and a video slideshow We Didn't Start The Fire

Activity 2
Students will complete the time line on the power point template by using their 4 words and finding pictures for them with a short description for each one.