Who Are You?


The Who - Who Are You?

The Great Assignment

  • Three-minute piece of music based on
  • research of your own cultural background
  • presented in a short slideshow

Find the formal outline here!

Lessons in the library

  1. Brainstorm: Intro & exploring (i.e., Google It!)
  2. Create a focus statement
  3. Databases, eBooks & How to Google Effectively
  4. Using Images Honestly
  5. MLA
  6. Death by PPT

Bonus lesson: Plagiarism, Appropriation and Inspiration!

Lessons are approximately a half hour each. You will have time to do research for the second half of each class.

What is Your Kernel?

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10 hours in 10 minutes

U cioci na imieninach - Szwagierkolaska
Jewish Klezmer Music
Goran Bregović - Kalashnikov (Poznań 1997)
Kopernik Dancers Paul & Jennifer - Jimmy Sturr's Barbara Polka 7-20-1989
Stanislaw Grzesiuk - u cioci na imieninach
Stanislaw Grzesiuk - Rum Helka

Lesson 1: Explore

  1. Google
  2. YouTube
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Talk to family
  5. Think of your favourite (musical) memories

Lesson 2: Create a Focus Statement

After exploring your topic, you need to decide what you are going to focus on so you don't get lost in the ether (i.e., the internet).

See the lesson, Creating a Focus Statement for more info on:

  • building a Q Chart
  • and formulating your focus.

Example Q Chart

Some things to consider

You will need to show depth to your research and provide analysis rather than just facts. You will also need to tie your musical kernel to a broader view of your culture. That is, show how the following areas influence your culture's music:

  • social
  • cultural
  • economic
  • political
  • historical
  • composers, musicians
How does the music function in your culture?

Lesson 3: READ!

See fmsslibrary.weebly.com for access to databases, eBooks and how to Google effectively. You must read widely to have a solid foundation for your presentation.

Research is the Foundation of Your House

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Lessons 4 & 5:

What does it mean to have integrity? What is the right thing to do?

Lesson 6:

You are Telling a story

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Click here to go to "Death by PowerPoint" lesson.

How is Mrs. McVeigh going to mark this? Check out the Cultural Presentation Checkbric.

Shape Your Presentation

Imagine that you are performing this assignment to a paying audience. What would they want to hear?

Don't give us information that is Googleable. That's boring. We are looking forward to hearing your personal story.

Where can you go for extra help? Who is marking this assignment? What are they looking for?

You know you don't wanna plagiarize...


Alessia Cara - Here

“It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to." Jean-Luc Godard

Tricky - 'Hell Is Round the Corner' (Official Video)
Portishead - Glory Box (Official Video)
Isaac Hayes - Ike's Rap 2 -

Cultural Appropriation

How I Stopped Worrying & Learned to Love the Polka

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Now That's What I Call Polka! (Mandatory Fun)

Image credits

Building traditional Toraja house, Toraja area, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 25 Feb 2015.

Library. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 25 Feb 2015.

Popcorn. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 25 Feb 2015.

Story telling, story teller and audience, Place Djemma el Fna, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa
. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 25 Feb 2015.

Tallis / Musical score / c.1700. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 25 Feb 2015.