One of the units we teach in our mainstream ninth-grade classes is on Jamaica, and, obviously, Bob Marley is a big part of it.
Student are now writing a biographical essay about him, and I thought it would be timely for me to pull together a list of useful resources.
(NOTE: Also check-out The Best Sites Remembering Bob Marley Thirty Years After His Death)
Here are my choices for The Best Websites For Learning About Bob Marley:
The Biography Channel has a number of resources.
Check out his official website.
The ‘lost’ footage of Bob Marley’s early career comes from the BBC.
The Rock Hall of Fame has a timeline of his life.
Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Here’s an embedded version of both songs from Playing For Change:
You can do a fun sing along in class with Batlyrics. It shows the lyrics on the side while playing a YouTube video of the song at the same time. Now that we can access YouTube, it’s great to use. Instalyrics is a new site that shows you the lyrics to any song very, very quickly, along with a music video that goes along with it. The lay-out is very “clean” and it replaces Batlyrics as my favorite place for music videos and lyrics.
Breaking News English has a lesson on Bob Marley for English Language Learners.
Bob Marley’s daughter has just published a children’s book and created this new music video of one of her father’s songs:
Here are two videos I’m adding to this list. The first is a trailer for documentary that looks good (thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip). The second is from The Biography Channel. That one looks a little dry, but it is freely available:
Additional suggestions are always welcome.
There’s a new official Bob Marley site.
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