Mathalicious: My Fellow Americans

Is simpler always better?

The rapper Jay-Z once described how he “dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars.” Indeed, a recent analysis found that the average top-rated pop song is written at a third-grade reading level.

In this lesson, students evaluate expressions with variables to compare the reading levels of famous speeches in American history and debate the virtues of complexity vs. popularity.


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Math Topics
Algebra & Pre-Algebra
Social Studies Topics
American History
6th Grade

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