Native American Literature: Lesson Plan, Song Lyrics, Teacher Notes, Video, and Activity
Teacher Notes…for you
Common Core Standards and Lesson Plan
Dave Matthews,“Don’t Drink the Water,” Song Lyrics Handout
(also for projector or smart board)
Dave Matthews, “Don’t Drink the Water” Video Clip and Background
(for projector or smart board, can also be a handout)
How to Analyze a Song Handout
Song Analysis Questions Worksheet
Audience Questions Worksheet
Song Analysis Graphic Organizer
Describe, Judge, Interpret, Analyze
(for projector or smart board and also a handout)
Back to School! Great to use as a pre-reading exercise to introduce Native American Literature and American Literature, Social Studies Native American unit, Social Studies British Imperialism unit, British Literature 1850’s-1945, Social Studies Australia unit, Social Studies African Apartheid unit;
This activity can be accomplished in 2-3 class periods; follow-up activities would extend the activity.
Suggested for high school students grades 9-12, higher education History, Literature, home school grades 9-12, and adult education.
Easy! Can be done as a class discussion or in small groups, depending on your preference.
-respond (orally or in writing) to the lyrics, music and video imagery of “Don’t Drink the Water.”
-appreciate the way in which words, music, and images interact to create meaning.
-understand that music and videos can be significant forms of historical and cultural expression.
-recognize the interconnectedness of the arts with social studies and literature.
-comprehend that there may be multiple interpretations of a work of art (including the artist’s).
I am a huge fan of Dave Matthews. We’ve been teaching this lesson for years in American Literature. I was inspired to create this teaching pack because DMB is on tour this summer and I am recently teaching, Heart of Darkness. This lesson ties nicely into that novel (about British Imperialism) as well.