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Second graders explore Louis Armstrong's music. For this language arts lesson, 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.
Second graders explore cultural music by researching Louis Armstrong. In this Jazz history instructional activity, 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.
In this music worksheet on Louis Armstrong, students read about early jazz and Louis Armstrong, then complete 4 sentences using the information, team up with others and practice scat singing, and answer one "make connections" question.
Young scholars participated in guided listening lessons of Louis Armstrong's jazz music while interpreting his lyrics. They study his life as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador for the US.
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.
Young scholars study early New Orleans Jazz music and recognize Louis Armstrong as an early jazz artist. They recognize the elements and roots of Jazz.
Fifth graders discover the history of African Americans by investigating the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American culture lesson, 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. Students view, read and listen to the work by the artists and answer study questions.
Learners listen to and examine jazz recordings and listen for features (breaks and obbligato) that are typical of jazz music. In groups, they make up a short blues song of their own.
Second graders explore the music of Louis Armstrong. In this music lesson plan, 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.
High schoolers 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.
Students discover the music of Louis Armstrong. In this jazz lesson, students are introduced to Armstrong's trumpet and vocal art in a matching game, then listen to a sampling of his music and respond in writing.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a short passage about Louis Armstrong, then answer 4 multiple choice questions. Answers are included.
Students 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.
Students examine the life and music of Louis Armstrong, the first great jazz musician. The musical techniques of call and response is listened to and then copied in musical conversations in this lesson.
In this reading comprehension worksheet students read a biography of jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Students answer 6 questions.
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.
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. Students recognize the importance of Louis Armstrong's trumpet.
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. 
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. 
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.

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