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Young scholars explore women and music in the 20th century. In this music lesson plan, students study the relationship between literature and music through The Color Purple and music by Ethel Waters, MA Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Janis Joplin.
Students examine the significance of the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American history lesson, students investigate images and biographies about African Americans who contributed writing and art during the time period. Students use KWL charts and notes to determine how the work of artists and writers reflected the changing society.
Students discover how storytelling can shape a person's tradition.Students examine different methods of storytelling such as music, biographies, and African folktales. They then demonstrate their knowledge of storytelling by writing their own verses of lyrics to a blues song.
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to incorporate a few music clips so that children who haven't been exposed to these genres can understand the musical progression better.
Third graders investigate famous women. In this famous women lesson, 3rd graders read books and view photographs of famous women. Students discuss the roles of women and study facts about their lives. Students recieve pictures of women with their information attached. Students view the photo and quiz themselves on the facts.
High schoolers observe that there are myriad combinations of rhythms to choose from when improvising jazz and blues music, and recognize that while the variations seem infinite, they are in fact finite. They notate a 12 bar blues progression using a different combination of notes and rhythms for each of the 12 bars, and then perform it on a keyboard or virtual piano online.