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Young scholars examine how aspects of Native American and American folk music are alike and different. They contrast both forms of music and engage in many activities to identify or explain how music fulfills a variety of purposes.
Students use the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to examine Folk music.
In this music worksheet, students read key points about English folk music including what it is, what instruments are played, its history, and two of its important styles. They answer 10 questions using full sentences before writing a newspaper type article about the subject.
Students explore Folk Music in Iowa. In this folk music lesson, students discuss different types of folk music and how it relates to life in Iowa. They take the tune of a song and write their own lyrics to describe their life. 
In this music worksheet, students read about the origins of folk music by following a flow chart. They answer 10 short answer question and participate in an extension task that entails writing an article that discusses folk music.
Students examine Appalachian Folk Music and Culture and identify characteristics of folk music. They sing simple traditional folk songs, then compare folk music to other styles of music.
In this folk music worksheet, students read selections pertaining to folk music and then respond to 10 short answer questions. An extension activity is also available on the worksheet.
In this English folk music worksheet, 8th graders read about the characteristics, instruments, and purpose of traditional music. They read about the history of folk music and contemporary uses of this type of music. They answer 10 short answer questions associated with the reading.
Fifth graders study Egypt and the Middle East through the use of folk music. In this early civilizations lesson, 5th graders correlate the music of a culture with the development of their society. Students research early Egyptian and Middle Eastern societies using folk music as their starting point.
Students listen to Caribbean folk music and discuss maracas and their role in music. They construct and design pairs of maracas using paper mache, then perform a Puerto Rican folk song using their maracas.
For this music worksheet, students read short excerpts about the instruments that accompany folk music songs. They write 5-10 paragraphs about the use of the banjo and mandolin in folk music and about their differences. They read reference materials to identify other instruments that are used in folk music.
For this English folk music worksheet, students read an article pertaining to the history of folk music in England from the times of the Industrial Revolution until the 1970s.
For this folk music instruments worksheet, students read about the banjo and the mandolin before they are presented with 2 activities they may complete to learn more about folk music.
In this music worksheet, students draw a picture of one of Chula's favorite things from a quotation. They answer three multiple choice questions about folk music.
In these informational texts worksheets, students read the detailed flyer for the Blues and Folk Music Workshop. Students then answer 8 multiple choice questions about the text.
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music. 
Students explore American music. In this musical history lesson, students examine the relationship between 19th century American folk songs and contemporary American music. Students write poems and set them to melodies.
Third graders memorize the steps to the "Chicken Dance" while discovering the uses of an accordion. The teacher explains the role of folk music in history, and the students perform the chicken dance paying special attention to rhythm.
Students read about Woody Guthrie and how folk music often tells of events of the time and can be effective protest music.
Students examine artwork by Thomas Hart Benton. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students analyze the painting The Sources of Country Music, listen to folk music, and examine how recording technology and the movies shaped the images of country style music.

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