We’ll be studying Motown music and diving deep into understanding the musicality, lyrics, and social and political factors that brought this music into being in a specific time and place. Because of the way history and music shape each other, music is a great lens for learning about different historical time periods and social movements. It is also interesting to learn about history and music together, because there is no one right way to interpret a particular song or musician or historical event. As thinkers and learners, we have the opportunity to form our own opinions and then use writing to inform and persuade others. You each have a particularly compelling perspective as young writers shaped by your unique life experiences, and we believe that people need to hear your voices.