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Singing Popular Songs
After learning a little bit about Louis Armstrong, jazz, and the elements of music, kids sing the song, "What a Wonderful World." They then discuss the nature of pop music, choose a current pop song to practice, and sing that song like a pro.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
Images Draw You In
Fifth graders view a photograph of Louis Armstrong and create questions about the photo. In this Louis Armstrong photograph lesson, 5th graders describe a situation in a photo and ask question related to what they see. Students listen to a description of the incident taking place.
5th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
The History of American Music: Its Composers and Musicians
A quick slideshow briefly describes the origins of American Jazz. It presents several notable musicians, including Louis Armstrong, alongside the progression of Jazz music from Dixieland to Improv. Tip: Add music examples for the era to complement this resource.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 29 Downloads
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music in America - Louis Armstrong
Students listen to selections of New Orleans street band music. They explore the culture of New Orleans in the 1920's, and perform a closer examination of Armstrong's music.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 22 Views 38 Downloads
The Second Grade World of Louis Armstrong
Second graders explore cultural music by researching Louis Armstrong. In this Jazz history lesson, 2nd graders research the biography of Louis Armstrong and discuss his style of trumpet playing and singing. Students write a report about the great musician using illustrations and facts.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 14 Downloads
Jazz Music and the Crisis Over School Desegregation
High schoolers will learn to appreciate the civil rights movement with a focus on Little Rock, Arkansas. They will also acknowledge Louis Armstrong's unparalleled contributions to American music.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 48 Downloads
The Great Gatsby: Arts and Culture
After reading the first 21 pages of The Great Gatsby, class members listen to an audio discussion of the culture of the 1920s and Jazz Age music recordings. Individuals then craft a a one-page critique of whether Fitzgerald's depiction of the music and culture of the times is consistent with what they have heard.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Memorable Singer 1929-1949
Students examine how Louis Armstrong's fame spread from the African American community to the whole world. They examine how his singing style influenced both popular and jazz musicians by participating in guided listening of his musical pieces.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 16 Downloads
K-2: The Second Grade World of Louis Armstrong
Second graders explore Louis Armstrong's music. In this language arts instructional activity, 2nd graders research different resources so that they can write a report on Louis Armstrong and his music. Additionally, students create illustrations of Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet, singing, and doing both.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 13 Downloads
Exploring the Music of Louis Armstrong
Second graders explore the music of Louis Armstrong. In this music instructional activity, 2nd graders read the book If I Only Had a Horn and listen to examples of his music. Students work in small groups to create a scat-tune.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History
The second of 10 lessons in a unit study of To Kill a Mockingbird establishes the historical and cultural context of Harper Lee's novel. The class listens to second part of an audio that describes Lee's life experiences that parallel the novel, including her friendship with Truman Capote.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
Fifth graders learn about this history of jazz music. In this musical influences lesson, 5th graders read God Bless the Childand listen to a recording of it. Students create a KWL chart on jazz and early 1900s music and dance. Students watch videos on Hampton Institute Glee Club, Jack Johnson's Jazz Band and Josephine Baker Visits Volendam.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Really? Rapping The Odyssey? Really. A discussion of the oral tradition of story telling and its links to Epic poetry sets the stage for a series of activities that encourage improvisation to integrate music into other classrooms. Improvising to a current event topic and a jazz piece by Louis Armstrong prepares teams to create a rap battle for a passage from The Odyssey.
10th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed
Fifth graders discover the history of African Americans by investigating the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American culture instructional activity, 5th graders identify the key African American artists and musicians in the 1920's and 30's, specifically Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence and Louis Armstrong.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 31 Downloads
Jazz Forms and Improvisation
Learners listen to an original recording of Louis Armstrong and discuss instrumentation. They identify an AABA song form as they listen. They list similarities between the following: traditional meets modern and small group vs. big band.
10th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 9 Downloads
Louis Armstrong Hot Five
Learners investigate the history and development of jazz by studying the Louis Armstrong Hot Five. They listen to music and define how Armstrong strengthened the concept of the solo as a part of jazz. They complete guided listening lessons.
8th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 20 Downloads