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Musician Extraordinaire Based on the DC Quarter Reverse
4th - 5th
Students develop an understanding of the role of a musician, composer, and conductor. In this musician lesson, students examine the District of Columbia quarter and see that Duke Ellington is on the reverse side. They define performer,...
Duke Ellington: Great American Musician and Composer
3rd - 6th
Students delve into the life and music of Duke Ellington as a major American musician and composer. The elements that made the sound of his orchestra unique and the talents of his band members are explored in this instructional activity.
A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry
K - 2nd CCSS: Designed
Scholars work collaboratively to compose a found poem from one of their favorite stories. With a finished product in hand, class members form a circle and perform their work for an audience by taking turns reciting one line till the poem...
Daily Academic Vocabulary Grade 4 - Compose, Composition
4th - 6th
Cool! Here is a week's worth of DLA activities designed for fourth graders. Each day, they focus on a different word. They explore both compose and composition in a series of week-long activities. Each activity has directions for the...
"Turkish Rondo" From Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
5th - 6th
For this music appreciation worksheet, students listen to "Turkish Rondo" from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Students read about the composer and the piece. Students follow a "listening map" and complete a...
Lessons for Hight School Music Classes: Lesson 1
9th - 12th
The phrase, "You sold out" has been thrown around among musicians that have lent their talents to the corporate world. Here, the class engages in an interesting discussion on how musicians make a living and the influence of commercialism...
Composing with Non-Chord Tones to Ornament a Melody
9th - 12th
Students develop melodies based on a simple chord progression. They develop the tools need to begin to compose their own music. Students explore the qualities of each NCT and identify them in a composition. They develop listening skills...
Lesson Plan for Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
9th - 12th
Students study the music of Russian composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. They compare the sounds individual instruments make. They listen to and study the story of "Scheherazade" and compare it to other pieces that also portray a story or...
Using Music to Tell a Story or Describe a Scene
9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Young composers demonstrate their understanding of the stylistic features of descriptive music, including pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, and timbre, by developing a melody and countermelody for a main character in a story. As part of...
VH1 All Access Spotlight: Josh Groban, Lesson 2: Standing Out Above the Rest
7th - 12th
Students, through class discussion, identify the characteristics of musicians and their music that help make them successful. Josh Groban is used as an example. They list positive adjectives to describe themselves and then their peers.
Introduce a Claim by Engaging the Reader
5 mins 7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
Writers want to captivate their audience from the very beginning of an argumentative essay. A helpful video focuses on the introduction of an essay, including the ever-important hook. The narrator demonstrates brainstorming and composing...
Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a...
Strengthen Body Paragraphs by Connecting Evidence to the Claim
5 mins 7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
A paragraph can fall apart if it is missing commentary or reasoning; simply stating evidence that supports a claim is not enough. Improve body paragraphs by adding sentences that connect the evidence to the claim. A video models how to...
Teaching the Short Story - Teacher's Packet
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Get your writers composing their own short stories by following some or all of the ideas included here. You'll find short lessons and activities, handouts and assignment pages, sample paragraphs and sentences, and all sorts of great...
The Call of the Wild: What Makes a Book Great?
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Close up your unit on The Call of the Wild by Jack London with an examination of what makes a book memorable and effective. During discussion, students apply general qualities of a great book to The Call of the Wild and touch on the...
Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, Moanin,' Payin' Your Dues
6th - 8th
Students examine the musical styles of call and response and the blues while delving into the difficult lives of many jazz musicians. Travelling in the South was challenging for black musicians during this time and the difficulties are...
Clicking Your Way to Poetry: Composing Word Association Poems with the Visual Thesaurus
4th - 12th
Use a Visual Thesaurus to compose word association poems. Discuss poetry and word association, create word maps, then practice creating poems based on playful word associations. A perfect way to celebrate "Poem in Your Pocket Day" (April...
Strong Descriptive Writing: James and the Giant Peach
4th - 6th
Support your writers! Clear procedures and appropriate support make this a superb resource for elementary writing instruction. Ready your class to compose original descriptive paragraphs inspired by the episode in Roald Dahl's James and...
Exploring the Irish in America Through Found Poetry
7th - 9th
What was life like for Irish immigrants settling in America during the late 1800's? Learners examine primary source documents, such as lyrics, poems, and letters, to understand the immigrant experience. They then use those primary source...
Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Can we test whether lines ascribed to William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else? Science and linguistics join forces in this fantastic TED-Ed video to help us investigate the theory of whether history's greatest writer...
The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 5: The Tragic Hero
10th - 11th CCSS: Designed
Should identifying a tragic hero be based on a universal definition or a definition based on the morals and values of a specific culture? As part of a study of Things Fall Apart, class members read Sylvia Plath's "Colossus" and then...
Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven
4 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Math will resonate with your young artists and musicians when they learn that a mathematical formula describes a musical sound that is pleasing to our ears. Beethoven uses the certainty of mathematics to convey emotion and creativity. In...