Modernism and Rock-n-Roll 1945-1990 Teacher Resources

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Modern/Contemporary Music

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to...
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Rock Music

For Teachers 8th
Only boys like Rock n' Roll. That's not so! Eighth graders consider the origin of rock music as well as some associated stereotypes. They discuss who listens to rock music, when it originated, and then they analyze some current pop...
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Magical Musical Tour: Using Music Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
While music lyrics are often used to teach literary elements, the richness of this resource comes from the wealth of exercises, activities, and support materials provided in the packet.  Although designed for gifted learners, the...
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"Count to 20 Song" - Rockin' English Musical Lesson (Numbers 1-20)

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Pupils will be tapping their toes to this upbeat, rock 'n' roll song that counts from one to twenty and provides a visual representation of each number!  
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Lesson: Urs Fischer: Reviving the Past Art Movements

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Seven major abstract art movements are analyzed by learners in groups. Each group analyzes various works by determining which work belongs to which movement. They then read Flatland, engage in an art and literary analysis discussion,...
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Sixth Grade General Music

For Teachers 6th
"How boring the sounds of the forest would be if the music came only from the Top Ten birds." Sixth graders explore the concept of popular music through several activities that encourage them to share their own musical preferences and to...
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Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Henry David Thoreau and Linda Ronstadt? Ann Tyler and Pete Townshend? Joyce Carol Oates and Pearl Jam? This richly detailed plan pairs classic literature with contemporary music and asks learners to analyze how the theme of conformity is...
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English "Alphabet Song" (ABCs Rock) - Rockin' English

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Rock out with the ABCs! Listen to a new take on the alphabet song with this rock 'n' roll version that will surely make the class want to dance. 
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The Letter Z Song

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
An alphabet doo-wop group sings a tune all about the letter Z. Words appear alongside captivating graphics set to a rock 'n' roll beat. 
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The Letter U Song

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
U is for up and upside down and many other unbelievably unique and useable words! Get up and rock out with a traditional rock 'n roll-themed music video featuring the letter U. 
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"Have and Has Song"–Rockin' English

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
A fun, rock n' roll beat and light-hearted example sentences make up this music video designed to support your instruction of perfect tense verbs, have and has.
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Possessive Pronouns Song–"Mine and Yours"–Rockin' English

For Students 1st - 6th Standards
Possessive pronouns have never sounded so good! Sing along and practice reading sentences using the possessive pronouns mine and yours with this rock n' roll music video.    
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"Alphabet Song" - English ABCs (Whole) by Rockin' English

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Add a little rock 'n' roll flare to the traditional alphabet song with this modern rendition that first sings a laid back, slow version, then speeds things up with a more upbeat tempo.   
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Rock 'n Roll

For Students 6th - 8th
In this music worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are used to name bands and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
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History of Rock: Lecture 3

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
How did technology influence rock music? A thorough presentation outlines the history of rock, beginning with the technological advances that made it possible. It discusses Country, Blues, Hillbilly, and Early Rock music in terms of how...
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Music: Off the Wall & Onto the Stage - Composing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Kids explore Gullah music from Africa and then create original compositions based on what they've learned. They practice traditional melodies and rhythms then make some of their own, which they then perform for the class. 
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Contemporary Music With a Classical Flavor - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Young scholars discover compositional techniques through the study of a current young composer and listening examples. This 30-minute lesson is an introduction to a unit on current classical music trends.
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History of African-American Music

For Teachers K - 8th
Students are introduced to African-American music history through this instructional activity. They begin their study by taking a look at the slave work song and work their way through to modern rap and hip-hop. Students also take a...
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Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Need a musical lesson for your drama or performing arts class? VH1 has put together a really neat lesson, in which learners use biographical information about Alicia Keys to write and perform a one-act musical related to her life. This...
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Lesson: Elizabeth Peyton: Pictures of Rock Stars: The Imagined

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Youth, fame, and beauty are marks of modern society. Artist Elizabeth Peyton has captured all three in her series of imagined rock star portraits. The class analyzes her use of technique, emotion, and imagination in each of six pieces,...
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"The Seasons Song" - English Lesson on The Four Seasons

For Students Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Get to know the four seasons with a rock n' roll ballad. Listen and sway as the singer details the four seasons, complete with hand-drawn animation and a fun beat.
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Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young explorers investigate Australian Aboriginal culture by listening to traditional Dreamtime stories and examining dot paintings created by Aboriginal artists. In addition, they locate the country on maps, discuss the geography of...
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Music of My Heart

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars view and discuss the movie, Music of the Heart. They compare/contrast two versions of the song, Music of My Heart, identify characteristics of heroes, and sing the song, Music of My Heart.
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Lesson: Paul Chan: "Score for the 7th Light"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Music, art, and poetry coalesce in a single exhibition, and in a single lesson. Critical thinkers analyze the Fluxus art movement as it's seen in the work of Paul Chan's 7 Lights. They consider the use of poetry and music in his work,...
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Lesson: Elizabeth Peyton: Pictures of Royalty: The Imagined

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Elizabeth Peyton is an artist who creates images of people (often famous) that she doesn't personally know. These images become part of her imagined community. Learners analyze her work, her community of imagined friends, and then create...
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Japanese Music Study

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Gagaku is music traditionally played in the Japanese imperial courts of long ago. Learners listen to this and other traditional Japanese music to gain an understanding of culture and music history. They work to identify Japanese...
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Part Four: Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
In the story, Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport, listeners become familiar with nonviolent protests of the Civil Rights Movement through music. Scholars then compose original...
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Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students make connection between music and art. In this integrated arts instructional activity, students complete gesture drawing activities as they listen to Cuban, flamenco, classical, jazz, and contemporary music. 
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The Art of Social Protest

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate how art and music define and unify a social movement. They decide how art and music can act as symbols of protest. They view both contemporary and historical examples of art as a tool for protest and design an art...
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Creating Music

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the music soldiers listen to before and after battle. They attempt to develop an understanding of the role music plays in this conflict. They create their own lyrics to attempt to construct a pro-war and anti-war song.
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When 1 is 2: The Art of Alighiero e Boetti

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students observe the duality in the art of Alighiero Boetti. Students discuss the life of Boetti. They examine the duality that exists in ourselves. Students produce two creative writings about duality in life.
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Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars watch a video that highlights the role of artists' images throughout the history of Black music in the United States and describe the influences of the civil rights movement on Black culture.
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Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the role music played in African American history and research events of the Civil Rights movement.
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Jazz in America Lesson Plan 8

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students explore the present and juture of jazz. They identify terms associated with jazz and listen to contemporary recordings. They participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of American culture...
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Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America - Gospel Beginnings

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They practice the call and response technique. After going through individual parts, they sing the entire song with piano accompaniment.
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Learning the Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee in their study of the blues, its characterisitics, founding fathers, and histororical influence on modern music. They compose blues lyrics that reflect present-day attitudes and...
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Lesson: Elizabeth Peyton: Portraits: Androgyny in Contemporary Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Portraiture, artistic expression, romanticism, and androgyny are discussed in a thought-provoking lesson. Upper graders first discuss and examine the history of portraiture and the elements common to the Romantic style. Then they turn...
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VH1 Storytellers for Save the Music Starring Billy Joel

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners pretend they are taking a certain job in the music industry and respond to questions.
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Playing with Music

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Using instruments you provide or that they make themselves, your tiny learners dance and play along with music from around the world. You can challenge them to imitate rhythm patterns you make on a drum. Allow children to dance and...
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Native American Music and the Flute

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the role of the flute in Native American music while determining what an exemplary example of flute music sounds like. They develop a method of assessing a Native American flute performance. They perform a Native American...
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The blues highway: An integration of music with geography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the movement of the blues from rural Mississippi to urban Chicago and how place and the environment affected the development of the blues. They define the blues, where it originated and how and why it moved to Chicago....
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Lesson: Elizabeth Peyton: Artist's Community: The Real

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What is real or imagined? The lines of beauty reality, and imagination are blurred in Elizabeth Peyton's portraits of her community. Learners analyze her use of artistic technique in conveying real and imagined communities. They then use...
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Hispanic Arts: Visual Arts, Dance and Music

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students...
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Music Styles

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students identify many genres of music and connect styles of music with various cultures. They watch "The Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A to Z" and list music styles: folk, jazz, rock, etc.
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Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the American dream. In this contemporary music lesson, students analyze the lyrics of songs by Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, and David Massengill. Students create 3-D representations of the American dream and write...
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Pop Art Ice Cream Painting

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners develop skills in painting and create a painting of an ice cream cone using Pop Art as in inspiration.
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MTV and Othello

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After reading Acts III and IV of Othello, give your class a fun, interactive, music-related activity. Begin by asking students about songs they have heard in movies or plays. Let them look up the lyrics online and ruminate about the...
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Lesson: Daria Martin: Body as Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the...
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Historical Comparison of Anti-War Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain that, how in this world of increasing awareness and interdependence, music can act as a magnet to draw people together. They research and compare anti-war songs from many different generations.
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Understanding the Music of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine protest music and songs from the Civil Rights movement. In this music of the Civil Rights era lesson, students listen to selected music before working in groups to determine who the music was directed at, what social...
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Overcoming Censorship Through Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine and discuss government-imposed censorship of art and artists' methods for counteracting censorship. They view censored artwork, write a persuasive essay, and create an art piece.
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Arts in a Spin Qualities of the Baroque Style

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the qualities of Baroque style by viewing a video about Bach. They listen to music of the era and explore the characteristics of excessive ornamentation, contrast and tension. They complete the included worksheets.
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Music, Culture and War

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students see that music serves as a major conduit for the transport of knowledge. As they watch video, students tabulate the variety of music artists listed by different soldiers.
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Changes of Musical Elements in Popular Music Through the Decades

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students probe samples of European classical, American jazz, and rock and roll to analyze the similarities and differences. The styles and form of these three types of music are examined for tempo, timbre, and rhythm.
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"Music Be the Food of Love:" Found Poetry with Shakespeare and Hip-Hop

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Lines from Shakespeare and from hip-hop artists provide learners with an opportunity to examine the literary devices these artists use to express their ideas about love. Groups use the provided lines to craft found poems, and then the...
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The Letter P Song

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Play a music video set to a contemporary country music tune that's all about the letter P. Viewers see and hear a variety of words with the beginning sound of P.
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The Letter K Song

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Written to contemporary rhythm and blues style music, the letter K is the king of this alphabet video. The fun lyrics and engaging graphics captivate little ones toward learning the eleventh letter of the alphabet.
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Introduction to contemporary Classical Music

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders are introduced to classical music by listening to the music. They also examine how the music evolved and what the composers are trying to say.
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Demystifying Stereotypes and Understanding Contemporary Cultures

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare and contrast folk songs from different cultures. In this music lesson, 4th graders listen to and list the attributes of selected Japanese and American folk songs. Students discover the customs, foods, and culture...
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Performance into Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore two works of art of performance art. In this performance art lesson, students analyze performance art in the examples of Yves Klein and Joseph Beuys. Students complete image based discussion activities. Students research...
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Pop Art Ice Cream Painting

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars create paintings of ice cream treats using Pop Art as an inspiration while developing skills in painting in this 4th through 6th grade Art lesson. Included with the lesson are possible extensions and suggested evaluation...
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Mourning in Art and Ancient Cultures

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners compare and mine two prints by Canadian artist Robert Harris for clues about the story depicted. They brainstorm ancient cultures that tell similar stories and download images to portray them. They also research how the ancient...
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The Enlightenment Spreads: CH 22

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Explore the Enlightenment period through literature, music, and autocratic rule. Each slide contains basic information on major Baroque, Classical, and political figures contemporary to the late 1700's and early 1800's. Vivaldi, Bach,...
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Movies in the Making

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Combine visual and performing art in this creative lesson. Young filmmakers first choose a piece of art, along with music that matches the feel of the art, and write dialogue to go with the scene. They research the artist and record...
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The Importance of Initiation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The four-faced Hamat'sa mask is the inspiration for a lesson on ceremonial art and the process of initiation. The class examines images of the piece, then discusses how the mask represents ceremonial initiation. They get imaginative when...
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Feel the Beat of the Drums

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
These percussion instruments have a rich history and a variety of uses.
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Women and the Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewA 12-piece primary source packet sets the tone for a study of the role women played in the origins, development, and impact of blues music. Legends like Bessie Smith, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Ida Cox are featured, as are...
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Music and Canadian Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analysize a song from the Sheet Music from Canada's Past website. They examine and compare the historical context with Canada today. They write song lyrics on the same themes.
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A Modest Proposal: Irony Made Understandable with Rock and Roll

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who doesn't love music? Poems and songs will engage your high school class in a discussion about irony. Use songs like "Rockin' in the Free World" or "Born in the U.S.A." to illustrate the ironic point of view. Print the lyrics so...
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To the North: A Black Family Leaves Arkansas to Find Work in Michigan

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Upper elementary and middle school scholars study the economic factors that caused so many Arkansans to migrate to different parts of the country looking for work. Use this history lesson plan to help your charges gain a better...
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And Then One Night, The Making of Dead Man Walking: Classroom Content

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine how art and music help to define and unify a social movement and also how they can function as symbols of protest. They watch KQED program And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking and discuss what happens...
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Jews and Blues

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine how American Jews affect music and entertainment. They identify problems between immigrants and their children. They relate the Jewish American issue to those of African Americans.
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African-American Gospel Music

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine gospel music including the lyrics and instrumentation. They explain the meaning of the lyrics and how they are related to the cultural values associated with the music. They differentiate between gospel and spiritual music.
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"Twilight" Music Provides Link Between Past And Present

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Music appreciation lessons can use modern phenomena like "Twilight" to motivate students.
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Social Studies: Medieval and Contemporary Class Structures

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discuss and compare contemporary class systems with those of the Middle Ages. They explore Websites on HyperStudio stack and review art and music of the Middle Ages. In groups, students design and draw castles reflecting manor...
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Scops, Rappers and You: Historians with Style!

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the epic poem Beowulf. In this analyzing poetry lesson plan, student compare listen to the Will Smith song "Wild, Wild West" and read Beowulf. Students analyze the song and the poem. Students then research an influential...
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The Talking Stick

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the lives of the Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan. In this talking stick lesson, students discover dance, art, music, and traditions of the First Nations people.  Students design and create a talking stick to represent...
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Jazz in America Lesson Plan 7

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The student will explore free jazz, fusion, and contemporary jazz. They will listen to avant garde, fusion, and pop recordings. In addition, they participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of...
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Silk Dragons - Activity 1

For Teachers K - 5th
Students investigate and discuss Japanese art and culture through an online video and a KWL chart. This lesson is an introduction to Japanese art with two supplemental lessons provided for further activities.
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Expressions - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students create wax sculptures of a full body using mathematical calculations and information gathered from a video in this excellent art project. The lesson plan can be used along or within the unit provided.
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The Secret Garden: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What's your secret garden? A study guide asks learners to consider the question in response to a play of the popular story by Frances Hodgsen Burnett. Activities combine art, music, writing, and actual gardening to create a unique...
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It's Only Music

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate how music influences individuals and society as a whole. They complete a worksheet while listening to and comparing music from the 60's with a contemporary selection. They decide if music causes violence, alcohol or...
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I Went to the Crossroads: The Faust Theme in Music, Film and Literature

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars analyze song lyrics and discuss Faust theme in musical history. In this thematic lesson, students view a film clip and create a song lyric, poem or short story developed around the Faust theme. Young scholars perform or...
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Introduction to World Music Vocal Approaches

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students explore a variety of music from different cultures around the world. As they listen to music, students identify the type of music, the culture the music represents, the story the music is portraying, how many pitches are heard,...
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Global Music: Steve Reich – Ghana, Bali, America and Germany

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students explore the music of Steve Reich. In this global music lesson, students compare the music compositions of Steve Reich to African and Balinese music. Students discuss their personal comparisons.
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The City in Black and White and Color: An interdisciplinary approach to teaching life in the city using literature, social studies, art, and photography.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design an artistic and literary collage of contemporary urban life that seeks to interpret, analyze, and evaluate its mettle. They integrate their impressions of urban life with established views, thereby enriching their...
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AC/DC Music Quiz

For Students 4th - 6th
Motivate your learners using this resource. Learners answer 15 questions related to the band AC/DC. They can do research to find the answers to these questions.  
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Contemporary Issues/ Leonard Peltier

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate Leonard Peltier. In this contemporary issues lesson student research contemporary issues through a variety of methods. Students engage in debate over the controversial issues that they research.
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Our Own Water Music

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners listen to a portion of Handel's Water Music Suite and hypothesize about what would happen if you tapped on the edge of a glass with varying levels of water. They experiment with the glasses and, in small groups, compose their...
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Pop Art-Reflections of the Mass Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students select a common object or a face, and draw or paint it on a flat surface making it larger than real life. They choose a common object or simple scene and repeat it horizontally or vertically as defined rows. They create a flat,...
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English Folk Music

For Students 8th
For this English folk music worksheet, 8th graders read about the characteristics, instruments, and purpose of traditional music. They read about the history of folk music and contemporary uses of this type of music. They answer 10 short...
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Patriotic Music: Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the patriotic songs of the 1940's and compare them to those of today. They identify elements that classify a song as patriotic, listen to several examples and complete Venn diagrams contrasting different examples.
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Artist as Inventor

For Teachers K - 12th
Students explore the work of Paul Dresher. For this musical arts lesson, students watch a video segment about musician Paul Dresher and study the acoustic and electronic instruments and music he has invented during his career.
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Create a Set Design

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Groups create a set for a play or story they select, build a model, and share their stage with the class. The team explains the rationale for their choices and the mood they feel their staging creates.
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200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Upper graders explore pop culture and pop music as a forum for female role models. They explore women who have currently contributed to our pop world and why they could be considered role models. They each interview a woman in their...
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Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson - Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Appeal to your music lovers with this instructional activity. Middle and high schoolers listen to and describe music from contrasting styles. They identify the common elements between gospel and bluegrass music and have a class...
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Baroque Composer Presentations

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students create an understanding of contemporary artistic styles and genres through an overview of the connection of the arts throughout modern history. Students discussed visual, written and aural artistic mediums, as well as their...
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The Dark Is Rising: Guided Imagery

For Students 5th - 9th
To launch a reading of The Dark is Rising, the second novel in Susan Cooper's award winning contemporary fantasy novel sequence for young adults, class members engage in a guided imagery exercise that asks them to visualize the setting...
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Calligraphy, Handwriting And The Alphabet

For Teachers K - 8th
Young scholars produce calligraphy projects using writing skills and unique tools in this six-day Art activity. Emphasis is placed upon the work of Portland, Oregon calligraphy artist Inga Dubay and her experiences with "Italic" writing...
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Timbre: Identifying the Tone Color of the Saxophone

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Young scholars explore the concept of timbre. In this timbre lesson, students experience timbres produced by saxophones in contemporary music. Young scholars explore the science behind the music.
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Class in the Media: Writing a Television Show

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students look at popular media presentations to determine what type of messages they convey about class and class-linked behavior. They listen to contemporary music to explore how the songs touch upon social class issues. They read...
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Storytellers: Coldplay

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students listen to the music of Coldplay to explore the band.
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Gospel Beginnings - Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify genres of music that influenced musical style of Aretha Franklin. They identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They pay particular attention to the call and response style.
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Jazz in America

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore the Jazz of today and its future. They answer questions and listen to music.
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Jazz in America

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore Jazz in America. They examine greats in Jazz, such as Duke Ellington. They are also to discuss the cultural implications of the music itself.
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Up From the Street: Tommy Guerrero

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Art is a versatile forum for building speaking skills. Learners are introduced to contemporary skate culture. They develop visual, writing, listening, and speaking skills through looking at, creating and talking about artwork. A great...
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"We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover"

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners examine video clips and Web sites related to relevant productions, study song lyrics, and compare and contrast actual history with Broadway history. They create lyrics for a new song based on a contemporary or historical figure...
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VH1 Legends Sam Cooke Lesson 3

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine Sam Cooke's transition from gospel to pop music as they study his style. They dance the Cha Cha and the Twist.
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ART- LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLS

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Pupils discuss how color construct meaning in art. They will demonstrate a technical knowledge and creative use of formal elements and principals of design. Students then discuss the way their selection of color contributed to their work.
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Louis Armstrong Hot Five

For Teachers 8th - 10th
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.
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Jazz In America - Lesson Plan 8

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the current jazz scene and how it reflects American culture. They listen to jazz recordings of current artists and speculate on which direction jazz is likely heading.
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Music in West Africa

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils explore power and the symbols of power in West African music. They discuss the music of West Africa and compare it to African American music of today. In addition, they investigate musical instruments of Africa, identify the...
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Keep on Pushing: Popular Music and the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore music that exemplified the Civil Rights Movement. In this music and history lesson, students research 1960's protest songs, Motown recorded music, and rap of the 1990's to consider the power of music and its reflection...
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Making Sense of World Conflicts: Corneille - Music of Life

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students explore the music of Corneille. In this Rwandan conflict lesson, students discuss the genocide that occurred in the nation and analyze the music of Corneille, a Rwandan native. Students also read about Corneille's life and...
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Twelfth Night-The Musical!

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In groups, they divide Act 2 and add a new character or direction to the plot. They reinterpret the scene as a musical, using contemporary songs.
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1950's Rock and Roll

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students complete an Individual Artist Information Sheet on famous 1950's Rock and Roll musician. They read one of the chapeters on "Elvis Pressley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Rockabilly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, or...
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iRock

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore, listen to and analyze songs that helped define rock and roll music. They read and discuss the article, "They're All Oldies, Dad Included." Research on contemporary artists is conducted and then the students choose who...
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Freedom, Power and the People

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze how social change has affected artistic expression and popular culture. the explain the influence of media on contemporary American culture.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students explore the world of love and magic in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Comparisons are made to the life experiences of the reader as love's portrayal in contemporary situations are analized.
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Ride, Paul, Ride

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders play instruments as an accompaniment to a reading of Paul Revere's Ride. In this Paul Revere's Ride instructional activity, 5th graders practice reading the poem in order to increase their fluency. They practice the music...
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Listen to the Sounds of Poetry

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders discuss their favorite songs and music groups, and why they like these specific arrangements. Students use the Attachment A "Understanding Literary Terms" to analyze their choice of songs.
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Using the Patterns and Symbols of Mali Mud Cloth to Convey Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in relating the role of the arts in defining identity. They examine the community in West African society and how members of that community define their role. They view how artifacts, music and performance can...
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Thanks for Thanksgiving

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discover the history of Thanksgiving. In this writing lesson, 2nd graders fill out a KWL chart then research Thanksgiving to gather new information. Students write a paragraph about what they learned and illustrate them....
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The Power of Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the music Shakespeare chose for his play The Tempest. They seek to research why he alluded to popular music and contemporary artists. Students make connections between their own musical knowledge/tastes/interests and the...
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An Overview of Slavery through Rotating Stations

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Here is a fantastic activity where your class members will learn about the institution of slavery through a series of well-designed learning stations, which include several types of sources and mediums such as poetry, music, video, and...
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The Letter L Song

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
As the song says, "Once this song is through, you'll know how to tell, the words that begin with the letter L." Listen and sing along to the melodic tune of an instructional video highlighting L-letter words.   
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Dance Masters - Margaret Jenkins

For Teachers K - 12th
Students research Margaret Jenkins. In this modern dance lesson, students discuss the life of Margaret Jenkins and the art of modern dance. They create their own modern dance focusing on time, shape, movement, and energy.
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The Frontiers of Dance: Ledoh & the Salt Farm Butoh Dance Company

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
Students read information to learn about dance frontiers and Butoh dance. In this dance and art lesson, students are introduced to the dance form of butoh. Students watch a video about the topic and find their own outlets for expression...
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Composing From a Thread

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students listen to music composed in the 20th century and discuss varying interpretations. They play a contemporary piece of music and explore techniques available to a modern composer.
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Jazz it Up!

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Young scholars research the history and contributions of Jazz in their local environments. They then design and create a wide variety of presentations to share with the class using as many mediums as possible.
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New Year's Eve: 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How was December 31, 1959 different than December 31, 2009? Young historians explore the political, social, and musical forces in the world made New Year's Eve a different experience during each decade of the 20th century. After groups...
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Rhythm Sticks

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders experience artistic perception of rhythm in music and see how to move their bodies and tap their sticks to the rhythm of a particular song.
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Lesson Plan for Danse by Claude Debussy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the life and music of Claude Debussy. They listen to and compare the orchestration and compositional technique of the Debussy composition, 'Danse.' They compare a piano arrangement to an orchestrated version.
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Fort Louisbourg: Living History

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate local historic sites to determine what can be learned about life during that time period. They determine how people, places and historical events can influence contemporary life. They create a presentation using...
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Romare Bearden

For Teachers K - 12th
Learners examine and discuss a collage by the artist Romare Bearden. They analyze the impact of jazz on art, listen to jazz, and create an original collage.
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Nosferatu Expression and Diminished Chords

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how to construct and play diminished triads and half and whole diminished chords on the keyboard. They create appropriate sounds to accompany sections of the movie "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors." Students discuss the...
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The Hare and the Water: A Tanzanian Folk Tale

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
"The Hare and the Water," a Tanzanian folk tale, lends a global perspective to literary analysis. Learners spend the first two days reading and storyboarding. On day three, they examine folk tale elements (worksheet included), and design...
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Oklahoma! The Cultural Myth of America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore cultural myths in America by collecting images and characteristics of stereotypical Americans. They read a primary source document, discussing the views of the author in class. Next, they compare the terms used to...
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Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Here is a good cross-curricular lesson plan requiring middle schoolers to read about Egypt and determine main ideas, make connections, check understanding, draw inferences, and ask clarifying questions. It includes activities like an...
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The John Travolta Syndrome

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the influence of music and film on contemporary fashion. In this popular culture lesson, students research select films featuring John Travolta. Students research selected time periods in American history as well....
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VH1 Ultimate Albums Bob Marley - Legend Episode #3

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students compare Reggae to other musical genres and identify rhythms. They study the history and musical significance of Reggae as a musical genre.
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VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students the influence of women's music in history and the suffrage movement.
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God Save the King for the 21st Century

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders are introduced to songs about America and God Save the King to incorporate rhyming techniques and lyric writing. For this God Save the King lesson, 5th graders work in pairs to rewrite lyrics to the song America. Students...
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“And Still I Rise” Proud Black Women

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the experiences of African American women. In this poetry lesson, students use their literary analysis skills to compare the poetry of Maya Angelou to rap music performed by Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill.
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Listen to the Sounds of Poetry

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the elements of poetry and music.  In this creative writing activity, 12th graders discuss the features of poetry and music lyrics.  Students identify popular music and dissect their contents in literary terms. ...
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Critical Consumerism: Videos and Teen Culture

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students analyze music videos as a study on teen culture. In this teen culture instructional activity, students view music videos and track a different aspect of the videos for male representation, female representation, racial...
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Historic Heroes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students recognize traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature. In this cross curricular lesson plan, students evaluate and analyze various works fo art from different cultures that depict heroes.
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Expressions of Anti-Racism through Painting: The Puerto Rican Community from West Side Story to Connecticut

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners create a graffiti wall using their own name or personal symbol. They examine their own understanding of the film as a source of inspiration and listen to the music from the soundtrack as an effective motivation. They make...
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Life in the Arkansas Territory

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students compare the living conditions in Arkansas when it was a territory with contemporary times. They participate in a role play activities of the territorial times.
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Poe ... in the Real World?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders work in groups to choose a project/presentation from a list of approved activities to develop. They select and use appropriate software for organizing and refining their product. Groups produce a short...
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Who Rocks Your World?

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students develop their writing skills. In this business letter instructional activity, students write a letter of nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame regarding a music artist of their choice. Students read their finished letters...
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Just Like Brian Wilson Did: Using Allusion to Teach Imagery & Theme

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders listen to the music of Brian Wilson of the Beachboys and explore his life. This leads into an introduction of general concepts of imagery and symbolism. This is a creative intro for low-level English students to literary...
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Enduring Legacies of the New Deal

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students investigate U.S. history by listening to an economics lecture. In this U.S. government lesson, students research the "New Deal" which happened after the Great Depression. Students identify movies, books and music from the...
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The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students discover literature by conducting a free writing experiment. For this sonnet lesson, students read the sonnet "The Parting" and compare it to modern-day songs about breaking up. Students listen to pop music in class and complete...
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Body Language? The Language of Contemporary Fashion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the messages given to others based on their clothing. In groups, they compare and contrast the clothes of today with those from the 1980s. While being shown a picture of a piece of clothing, they practice object...
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"Hey, Mr. Producer!"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the economic roller coaster involved in the production of a Broadway musical. They read online articles to investigate similarities and differences between nonprofit theater production and Broadway, or commercial,...
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Primary PE lesson

For Teachers K - 1st
Young scholars participate in dances to a music CD to practice making a conga line formation. They then use locomotor movement shown on an animal picture card, moving to the music.
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Creating Stage Designs that Reflect

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars identify and research cultural, historical, and symbolic clues in dramatic texts. They demonstrate knowledge of research sources.
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Music Technology

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students identify the features of a synthesizer and practice using them. They record different sounds using the software provided. They also examine sound waves and applications through the synthesizer.
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Mixed Media

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Analytical thinking can be practiced in any subject. Young artists consider several abstract paintings in terms of how the artist used line, shape, value, color and the principles of design to emphasize movement. They'll then use similar...
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Sentence Completion 7: High-Intermediate Level

For Students 8th - 10th
Need another sentence completion worksheet? The great thing about this one is the extensive answer/explanation key that accompanies the exercise.  The key pinpoints the clues, strategies, and logic used  to determine the correct answer...
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Native American Literature

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this lesson, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the...
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Shakespeare Was A Black Woman

For Teachers 7th - 12th
"I all alone beweep my outcast state." After a discussion of the "Shakespeare in American Life" segment in which Maya Angelou's relates her reaction to Sonnet 29, class groups create and perform a scene about an outcast that includes the...
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Hispanic Arts and Culture Unit: Visual Arts, Dance, and Music

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students learn about Latin American dance and rhythm in different forms and participate in dancing. In this Latin American lesson plan, students also analyze Latin American paintings.
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Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders read lyrics for "My Hometown" and complete a worksheet to identify setting and tone in the song. In this Romanticism lesson, 12th graders read Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth and discuss the...
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Trendy T's

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars consider popular trends, such as rock fashion. They create designs for t-shirts that represent current pop culture and write pitch letters selling their ideas to the clothing industry in the year 2030.
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Discover the History of Melody

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Learners connect to music resources. In this music lesson, students visit the websites of the Handel House Museum, the Horniman Museum, Reid Concert Hall, and the National Center for Early Music. Learners may research the virtual music...
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Slave Narratives and Spirituals

For Students 10th - 11th
Slave narratives and spirituals tell the stories of and preserve the history of generations of African Americans. A five-day interdisciplinary unit brings to life the voices and experiences of these people as class members listen to the...
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Jump if you feel like it

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers incorporate historical references into the modern circle dances.
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Tracking the Monster: Ashley Judd and Indie.Arie Confront AIDS in Africa - Lesson 3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students see how music and theatre deals with contemporary problems and issues. The sight-read new music and examine the musical, 'RENT.'
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Making Elisir

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Pupils examine the technical language used by musicians and music lovers. They study the contemporary relevance of 19th Century Italian opera and understand how it is translated into electronic media.
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Local Honors

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students celebrate a historical or contemporary figure whom they admire by creating and placing a commemorative plaque or marker. Each team is given a responsibility for a different aspect of the ceremony, such as research, artwork,...
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VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx, Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners compare and contrast classical piano style with jazz piano style. They watch a segment of the video, "VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx," participate in a class discussion of the music from the video, and develop a list of adjectives for...
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I Heard It on the Radio

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students develop a portfolio of information of contemporary musicians or individuals from the music industry.
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VH1 Road to Fame: Harry Connick Jr.

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine musicians of the past and examine their music.
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The Sound of Calm

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars examine the relationships that exist between ocean currents, wind and climate. Using those relationships, they discuss how they affect the oceans. They create their own music to represent the sounds of the ocean and...
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A Level Notes

For Students 6th - 9th
In this music worksheet, students identify and define musical vocabulary terms from the Neo-Renaissance period of time. They research about Palestrina and the Mass. Students also identify what is meant by the term 'Leitmotif.'
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American Colonists Protest Song

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the role of protest songs. In this early American history lesson plan, students research the acts passed by the British that angered colonists. Students then listen to protest songs from contemporary American history...
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Scenes from Shakespeare:Using Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet to Introduce Young Students to the Bard

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars participate in five lessons that are geared toward introducing Shakespeare. Students discover Shakespeare through examination of the vocabulary, translation of the characters and conflict, engagement of stage combat and...
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Exploring the Harlem Renaissance Through Primary Sources

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Young scholars investigate the history of African Americans by researching art and culture. In this Harlem Renaissance lesson plan, students complete a graphic organizer based on the artistic and musical history of Harlem in the early...
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Sponsored Content as Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is sponsored content? Who produces sponsored content? Why? Is it fair or unfair? What are the privacy implications for consumers? To answer these questions, class members view a model screencast before crafting their own that...
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VH1 Road to Fame: Harry Connick Jr.

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pupils are divided into groups of employees of a jazz radio station and a classical radio station. They role play their own broadcasts.
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The Charlie Brown Dance

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students attempt to be creative while practicing the movement concepts of Effort - fast/slow, Space Awareness - Levels and Self space, and Relationships - moving in unison.
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Emotion and Action Through Dance and Writing

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students evaluate a dance and write sentences that describes an emotion or action that is associated with it after watching an example of a ballet. They observe how ballet expresses an emotion without words. They design a dance project...
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A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the history of blues music and discover how it relates to the music of today. As a class, they listen to the drum songs of Africa and compare it to the use of drums in pop music today. Using the internet, they research...
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Celebrations of the Pacific Rim

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners research a celebration belonging to a Pacific Rim culture. They prepare a written and oral report with their findings and present such information as how the celebration has changed over time, its origins and the significance of...
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Picture the 60s

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners consider how the 1960's impacted Great Britain. In this contemporary history lesson, students visit selected websites to discover information about the decade, popular culture, and women's rights.
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Compositional Techniques: Are There Similarities Between

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars recognize how chromatic scales create tension and pentatonic scales create relaxation as compositional techniques used to create tonality. Also, students aurally recognize the use of mixed or alternating meter as a means...
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Sam Cooke - Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify the impact of the social injustices and Civil Rights movement on Cooke's life and career. They create lyrics to a familiar song that express a personal struggle or concern.
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National Symbols

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore symbols of nationalism and consider their relevance today. Students listen to national anthems of various countries, discuss sentiments that songs and lyrics invoke, research history of anthems and countries they...
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Synonyms

For Students 3rd
In this synonym worksheet, 3rd graders will read a definition of the word synonym. Then students will read a sentence and circle the word in parentheses that has almost the same meaning as the underlined word in the sentence.
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Masks and Aesop's Fables

For Teachers K - 4th
Young scholars study and perform Aesop's fables. In this Aesop's fables lesson plan, students read and/or listen to a number of the famous fables. They make masks based on the characters and perform a fable using the masks. They write...
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Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the topic of African American aviation. In this African American aviation lesson, students examine primary and secondary sources that enable them to discover challenges faced by African American aviators, identify...
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Follow The Road to Riches

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the various events occurring at the time of the Gold Rush. They see archival photographs and hear historians talk about this era. They create a time line in order to facilitate thinking about this region during the...
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From Mark Twain to David Bowie: The Artistic Persona vs. The Individual

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the concept of public image. In this public persona lesson, students discover what public image is and discuss the role of an author's life when interpreting pieces of their work.
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"The Block": Romare Bearden's and Mine

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students study Bearden's style of collage and create their own collage that reflects their neighborhood. They are read "The Block" and poems about neighborhoods and write one about theirs.
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Underground Lives

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students analyze two Robert Harris prints for clues regarding subject's social, family, and belief systems, evaluate reasons and methods for preserving ancient stories, create visual representations of past and future of Harris' subject,...
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Slavery in the Antebellum South

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss Stephen Foster's depiction of slavery. Using the internet, they discover what the life of a slave was really like in the antebellum South. As a class, they discuss contemporary arguments for and against slavery.
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"And Still I Rise" Proud Black Women: Understanding the poetry of Maya Angelou through the lyrics of two female rappers.

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the roles and contributions of African American women in the Arts as they research the biographies and artistic endeavors of Maya Angelou, Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill. They explore these arts through dance, paint and...
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Modern Counterculture Movements

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students prepare a presentation examining anti-establishment activity by groups in society today. They prepare a presentation, on poster board or presentation software, about one contemporary protest group.