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Honors 101 Class Activity Music: Home


Read the first three paragraphs of the article and look over the rest as needed, then respond to the questions in your small groups.

Message in the Music: Political Commentary in Black Popular Music from Rhythm and Blues to Early Hip Hop 

  1. What seems to be the main purpose of the article? How does it contribute to the development of new knowledge within a particular academic field? What kinds of research questions does it address?
  2. How can you tell that the article is a secondary source? How can you tell that it's an academic source?
  3. What academic fields might be interested in the issues raised in the article? Think broadly about the possibilities.
  4. If you wanted to find additional sources to explore the issues raised in the article, what kinds of key words would you use in a search engine or library database? List as many as you can.


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