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Author

Raye Zaragoza

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 31 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, North Dakota, South Dakota

Format

Downloadable MP4/M4V

"Fight for You"

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Synopsis
  • This music video features singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza singing "Fight for You," a song about protecting the Earth's resources, especially water resources.
  • Students will learn that Zaragoza wrote the song for the water protectors during the Standing Rock protests against the proposed oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This song is a great example of how individuals can use their talents to advocate for climate action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be helpful for students to know a bit of background information on the Dakota Access Pipeline and protests by Indigenous communities.
  • There are no subtitles, so transcribing and printing out the lyrics could be helpful for students with auditory disabilities.

Differentiation

  • Students could use their preferred artistic medium (songs, poems, painting) to convey a message about climate action.
  • Music classes could use this song in a unit on political music and protest songs.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on climate protests that worked and this TED video featuring a teenage climate activist.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a song written and performed by Raye Zaragoza. There is not science in this source to verify. However, this is a good example of what climate activism can look like. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.11-12.3 Understand and evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Arts
    • Performance Music: Standard 3 - Students will critically interpret intent and meaning in order to evaluate artistic work.
      • MP3.R.11.m Evaluate and critique musical performances, recordings, and compositions using appropriate music terminology and technology.
      • MP3.R.13.m Reflect upon and critique performances using grade-appropriate music vocabulary.
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