African popular music Teacher Resources
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Students investigate the culture of Cuba as sung through the music. They listen to the music in order to create a context for class discussion about hispanic popular culture and its influences.
Perspective on the Slave Narrative
Students examine narratives of two slaves: iam W. Brown and Frederick Douglas. They produce an essay explaining how Brown's narrative challenged the prejudices of readers in his own time and how it challenges prejudices today.
Exploring the Triangle Trade and The Middle Passage
Students explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade. In this American History lesson, students analyze primary sources such as narrative accounts and pictures, to gather information about the Middle Passage and the slave trade in the United States.
Resistance and Self-Determination
Fourth graders examine a person's education and their ability to be independent and to resist oppression. In this American History lesson, 4th graders study the ideas of James McCune Smith.
The Antebellum Period- the Issue of Slavery and the Question of Secession
Eighth graders examine the Antebellum period in American History. In this Secession lesson plan, 8th graders analyze primary source data. Students infer about the secession of the South using this data.
And You Don't Stop-30 Years of Hip-hop
Students identify the musical genre of Hip-Hop and make a connection with other styles of music. A time line of musical styles is developed and discussed.
Discover the differences in dialect when teaching linguistics. Many examples from Creole, Pidgin, slang, and the UK are used. The slides are black and white and mostly consist of various examples.
The Roarding 20's
Tenth graders are introduced to the social, economic and political developments of the 1920s. Using historical developments that are part of the indicator, they create a three-dimensional graphic organizer.
Heat and Density
Students observe 3 demonstrations of heat and density. In this experimental lesson students participate in an activity that allows them to see the Earth's plate boundaries.
From Sacred to Secular: Exploration of Vocal Styles/Crossing between styles - Lesson 2
Learners identify some of Aretha Franklin's vocal qualities and techniques. They have a discussion of styles of music they heard on the video, including gospel, jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and opera.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America - Gospel Beginnings
Students identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They practice the call and response technique. After going through individual parts, they sing the entire song with piano accompaniment.
Personal Picture Narratives: Jacob Lawrence
Second graders study artist Jacob Lawrence and his paintings of Harriet Tubman; students create their own painting in Lawrence's style. In this art and history lesson, 2nd graders read and study the art from Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories. Students study his Harriet Tubman pieces and create a sketch for an escape scenario by Harriet Tubman. Students share their work.
Powerful Poetry Presenting the Writer's Soul
Young scholars research Langston Hughes poetry for his use of figurative language. In this poetry analysis lesson, students research the life and poetry of Langston Hughes and his use of vivid words. Young scholars complete 23 different activities for the lesson and choose adjectives that describe their sensory experiences.
Massachusetts Slave Emancipation
Eleventh graders study the history of slavery in the United States. In this American History activity, 11th graders read handouts and answer various questions. Students create a skit which depicts the reactions of enslaved people and owners. Students perform the skit in front of the class.
Ninth graders discuss the importance of respecting others. After popping balloons, they use paper strips to write words representing stereotypes for men and women. In groups, they share their list and identify those that could be used for both men and women. To end the lesson, they share their reactions to various stereotypes.
Syncopation and Rhythm in Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Rap Music
Young scholars explore syncopation and rhythm. In this music patterns lesson, students compare the syncopation of the rhythms of classical and rap music.
An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Nullification Crisis
Young scholars analyze an interactive map of the Missouri Compromise to identify the regions and their relation to slavery. In this pre-civil war era lesson, students read primary source documents and research online to answer questions related to the economic and philosphic differences betweeen the North and South. Young scholars write a paragraph to demonstrate understanding of concepts.
Gold! - Activity 1
Students research gold leafing techniques and the history of gold artifacts in this three-day introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Emphasis is placed on group research and presentation.
Trekking to Timbuktu: The Search for Timbuktu
Learners explore the factors that contributed to the decline of Timbuktu and the myths and misconceptions about the city. Students study the obstacles that made a journey to Timbuktu a difficult one as well as discover the first European to make the journey to Timbuktu in the 19th century.
Oboe in Oregon! - Activity 1
Students investigate and describe the different uses of musical instruments using Christopher Parkening, Dave Brubeck, and the musical group "Oregon" as examples. This lesson includes a video and resource links.