Queen the band

Introduction

Queen had their debut in 1973 with one song in the radio.They went global three years after that, in 1975, with their song “bohemian rhapsody” on their record “A night at the Opera”.

Queen was the first band to mix music genres together, like opera and rock. The band pushed several boundaries, musically and in society. They were the first band, who dressed up as drags for a music video. Back in the 1970-1980’s the gay society was not yet accepted, all though their lead singer Freddie Mercury was gay. He died in 1991 of AIDS, where there was made an organization for a fund fighting AIDS/HIV. In the 1980’s many people were diagnosed with aids and passed away, because there was no antidote.

The bands' goal was to reach out to the misfits of the society, because they called themselves an atypical group of misfits. Because they wanted to give, the “misfits” of the society something to gather around for, and making them feel like they were a part of something.

Task

The next four lessons you are going to learn about the band Queen, and prepare a presentation in groups. The focus will also be how big an impact the band has had in not only England, but also the rest of the world. They were bald and innovative, and so they moved mountains with a whole new way of putting together music.  

 

Process

In groups of four, you are now going to prepare a presentation for some of the other students. Pick one of the following 6 subjects (

first come, first served). 
 

  1. Queen as a band
  2. Freddie Mercury
  3. Mercury Phoenix Trust
  4. 1970-1980 LGBT awareness
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody
  6. Queens Music history

All students should also find one new word, that they do not already know, that will support the topic 'Queen'. A sentence must be made with the word and be presented to the rest of the group and the teacher. 

For research, use the internet and put together the presentation. 

Evaluation

For evaluation you are in each group going to make 3 questions that your presentation gives answers to. The questions must be able to be answered with a 'true' or 'false'.

Fx. Queen was played in the radio for the first time in 1973. True or false?  

In new matrix groups, you are then going to test the others with the questions. 

Conclusion

Hopefully you have now learned something new about the band Queen, or maybe you didn't even know who they were before starting the lessons. 

If you want more of Queen, a really cool way to listen to their music is to go see the famous musical 'We will rock you'. It is a musical based on song made by Queen. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. 

The new movie 'Bohemian Rapsody' (2018), is the biography of the band, and is also very recommendable. 

Teacher Page

The webquest/didactic design is ment for 8th and 9th graders. The topic is Queen the band, and focuses on how global they became in several ways, vocabulary, research and presentation. The method to this is cooporative learning and scaffolding by putting together strong pupils with less strong pupils. The idea is that they will learn from each other and feel some kind of ownership of the project and the teaching/learning. 

Goals:

  • The pupil can research information online and structure that information in order to make a presentation.
  • The pupil can express themselves in writing with a specific target (making questions)
  • The pupil should about from that also learn about some english culture, in this case from the perspective of the english band Queen

One of the big focuses in this design, is to make smart groups and to have the group system ready before hand. Macro scaffolding is really in focus here, since there is very little class teaching. There will be time to walk around in class as the pupils work in groups, to micro scaffold the pupils' language - asking them questions and strengthening their use of booth spoken and written english.