Aretha Franklin Teacher Resources
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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.
A Voice for the Times
Learners make connections with events of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's with songs made popular by Aretha Franklin.
Gospel Beginnings - Lesson 1
Students identify genres of music that influenced musical style of Aretha Franklin. They identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They pay particular attention to the call and response style.
VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll Lesson 3
Learners examine female artists who perform in the genres of rhythm & blues, jazz, soul, and hip-hop/rap. They compose lyrics and melody in one of these genres.
Pupils watch a videotape on the musical career of Aretha Franklin and explore the different careers in the music industry.
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.
Students explore and discuss why Aretha Franklin's song "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" has been so popular over the years. They survey a variety of definitions and perceptions of what truly respect is and how one shows respect to others as well as how one can feel as though they are respected in general.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America - Episode 3: Can I Get A Witness
Learners identify many genres of music that influenced gospel and study examples of gospel music. They explain that gospel music is sacred and is usually performed with sincerity, dignity, and passion with vocal improvisation.
Only boys like Rock n' Roll. That's not so! Eighth graders consider the origin of rock music as well as some associated stereotypes. They discuss who listens to rock music, when it originated, and then they analyze some current pop lyrics. Great teaching notes are included.
100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll - Lesson 4
Students analyze the genres of folk and country music and the importance of the singer/songwriter. They compose their own lyrics based on an inspiring event.
Roots And Styles Of Black Music - Lesson 1
Students identify many genres of Black music. They identify Black music as a reflection of the culture. They study many historically influential Black music artists, producers, and other contributors.
Young scholars examine why disco and other forms of music were not widely accepted.
Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor
How do a person's musical preferences influence the way they compose music of their own? Learners analyze the sound and lyrics of Alicia Keys in relation to musicians that came before. Jazz, blues, and soul music from the past are shown to shine through music of the present. This includes a music-listening worksheet, extensions, and resource links.
American Music Styles - Lesson 1
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics of rock, folk, blues, and country music. They identify two main musical roots of today's American popular music.
Understanding the Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Students examine protest music and songs from the Civil Rights movement. In this music of the Civil Rights era activity, students listen to selected music before working in groups to determine who the music was directed at, what social ills the lyrics were addressing, and what affect the music had. They write an essay using music and a primary source document.
1960's Protest Songs
By learning about 1960's protest songs, and the politics of the era, students can broaden their understanding of music and history.
VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll Lesson 1
Students the influence of women's music in history and the suffrage movement.
Rockin’ the World: Rock and Roll and Social Protest in 20th Century America
Pupils explore protest songs. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine issues-based music by summarizing lyrics and revealing inferences, generalizations, conclusions, and points of view found in the songs.
The Voice What does it consist of, and how does it work?
Young scholars take a tour of the human voice in this interactive lesson. They learn the anatomy and physiology of the voice and also how vowel sounds are produced using two educational web sites.
Students define what having respect or showing respect means. They distinguish between a respectful and a disrespectful situation. They role-play examples of showing respect and disrespect to others.