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Wichita Lineman: the only song about Electrical Linesperson: analysis

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

1. Look at Glen Campbell's song Wichita Lineman (NB. This is a very old video)

https://youtu.be/4qoymGCDYzU

 

or a newer version by Glen

https://youtu.be/rjzTNWWO7U0

 

 

Here is the original verses:

Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Glen Campbell

I am a lineman for the county.
And I drive the mainroad.
Searchin' in the sun for another overload.
I hear you singing in the wire.

Chorus 1
I can hear you thru the whine.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line.
I know I need a small vacation.
But it don't look like rain.
And if it snows that stretch down south,
won't ever stand the strain.
And I need you more than want you.

Chorus 2
And I want you for all time.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line.

(Source: Cowboy Lyrics)

2. Read: Behind the Song Reading



Behind the Song

You will see from reading this article, that verse 3 could still be written!

3. Create another verse to this song!

4. Compare the Glen Campbell's version to Johnny Cash

https://youtu.be/hwG9mypJhoU

 

& Keith Urban
https://youtu.be/_MayqtmZXDo

 

Comparison ideas: Answer the following questions:

a. Which is best? Voice? Music interpretation?

b. Why in your opinion? Back up with reasons!

c. Why was this a hit for Glen Campbell do you think?

d. Does the use of a full orchestra in Glen's second video make a difference to your response to the song?

5. Discussion

In a group of 4 - 5 students discuss your answers and analysis. Do you all agree?

Look at each other's Verse 3 and give positive feedback about each verse!

 

 

Australian Birds of Prey and Power Lines: 6 Thinking Hats

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

 

1. In your groups, you will look at the problem of Australian Birds of Prey and Power Lines using the 6 Thinking Hats Strategy.

2. In groups of 6, investigate the following birds in Tasmania and the ABC News items [suggestion use the Expert Jigsaw Strategy and study ONE item each and then share]:

a. Tasmanian wedge-tail eagle

Resources

i. Threatened Species Link

ii. Birds in Backyards
iii. Raptor Refuge
b. Grey goshawkInvestigation


Resources
i. Threatened Species Link
c. White-bellied sea eagle

Resources
i. Threatened Species Link
 

d. ABC News 29 October 2016 - Australia's largest bird of prey, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, is 11 deaths closer to extinction, the state's power company has confirmed.

ABC News


e. ABC News 21 December 2016 - Recovered wedge-tailed eagle takes flight but power lines threat remains

ABC News

 

f. ABC News - Wedged-tail eagles deaths on TasNetworks power lines rises by 140 per cent -

Wedge-tail eagle

 

3. Now select which "hat" each person in your group will undertake.

white hat The White Hat calls for information known or needed. “The facts, just the facts.”
yellow hat The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
black hat Risks, difficulties, Problems – The risk management Hat, probably the most powerful Hat; a problem however if overused; spot difficulties where things might go wrong, why something may not work, inherently an action hat with the intent to point out issues of risk with intent to overcome them.
red hat The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
green hat The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It’s an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
blue hat The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It’s the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed.

(Source: deBono Group)

Discussion

4. Look at the posed statement "Australian Birds of Prey and Powerlines" and discuss.

5. Write a small Newspaper article stating your conclusions and way forward [solutions].

 

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