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In this classical music worksheet, learners listen to "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa. Students read about the composer and the march. Learners study the lyrics to this piece and answer 5 short essay questions.
Students demonstrate musical knowledge through classroom discussion of John Philip Sousa and George Gershwin.
  Students look at a picture of John Phillip Sousa and discuss what they see in the whole picture.  In this music lesson, 1st graders talk about patriotic music and then make piccolos from cardboard tubes.   
In this music learning exercise, students answer questions about composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, and Leonard Bernstein. Students also reflect on why they are called the Giants of American Music.
In this music worksheet, learners match a description with the following composers: George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein. Students also reflect on why they are called Giants of American Music.
Students visit web sites for each of the composersand listen to selections of each composer's music and place important dates of the composers into a pre-printed time line.
In this everyday editing activity, learners correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about John Philip Sousa. The errors range from punctuation, spelling, grammar, and capitalization.
Teachers need to create personal bonds with pupils in order to discover who turns out to be an introverted feeler.
Students examine the court cases of Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, and the role of the NAACP. They conduct research, write a report, and research the history of their local public schools.
Students, in partner groups, demonstrate knowledge of the use of the Internet and MIDI/Sound Station Files. They produce a written music review as a final project.
Using Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, invite your learners to consider the concept of virtue in a democratic society devoted to gain and self-interest. This stellar resource guides your class members through a close reading and discussion, and also includes a video seminar illustrating what high-level discourse regarding the text looks like.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of American individualism and independence? Explore these principles through a close reading of Jack London's To Build a Fire, and engage in high-level discussion with your class by analyzing the characters, story structure, and themes of the text.
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource. 
Combining a close reading of a classic American text with the study of history can be a very powerful strategy, and this is most certainly the case with this resource using Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country. Consider themes as citizenship and national identity using the engaging discussion questions and prompts in this resource, and use the included videos to present an example of high-level discourse.
Use this packet to support a narrative writing assignment. The materials included in the packet center around a prompt for writing about a rite of passage. Each part of the writing process is described and demonstrated. After reading the information and model, pupils apply the each concept to their own essay. Since there is good amount of information included here, you could pick and choose the parts you wish to use, or hand out the whole packet and work through over the course of a week or two.
Consider complex numbers, roots, and quadratic equations. Use the discriminate as a way to determine the nature of a quadratic's roots. Then discuss the similarities and differences between quadratics with two, one, or no real roots. There are nine included worksheets, cha-ching!
Learners understand information and stories contained in patriotic songs. In this patriotic music lesson, students participate in grade appropriate lessons to understand the music and lyrics of patriotic songs. Learners perform the patriotic songs.
Learners explore two and three-dimensional objects with a hands-on approach and an element of chance. Groups choose the name of a solid figure from a "hat" and work with that shape. They sketch it, determine the number and shapes of faces, and present their shape to the rest of the class, jigsaw style. They cut foam shapes to explore the properties of the different faces that result.
Students explore their feelings through music and art. In this music and arts lesson, students listen to My Many Colored Days and choose a color to go with each emotion. Students also describe their emotions while listening to various classical pieces of music. Students draw pictures, use instruments and read poems to understand emotions.

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