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Second graders explore Louis Armstrong's music. In 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 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.
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.
As Nick wanders the grounds of Gatsby's mansion, he observes the behaviors of the rowdy guests and listens to the music pouring over the lawn. Bring the music of the jazz age into the classroom with Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues," Duke Ellington's "The Mooch," and Jelly Roll Morton's "Black Bottom Stomp." Groups compare the music of the three and dance to the music. You don't need to be a music major to engage your pupils in this activity because complete directions are included.