Dance of the Times: African-American Expression of Jazz

Music enthusiasts discover the birth of jazz and explore a variety of images showcasing African-Americans' expression of the music. Taking part in a grand conversation, pupils discuss the myriad of emotions that come to be from reviewing the art, write a haiku based on the image of choice, and perform a physical expression of their feelings. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Quietly play jazz of the 1920's and 30's while learners are working
  • Schedule time in the computer lab, library, or on mobile learning devices to research African-American art; print for haiku writing
  • Create a poetry corner in your classroom for groups to share their poems while their peers listen respectfully 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a large space to move around
  • Learners should be familiar with how to write a haiku
  • Images in the presentation do not appear, but the link to find it can be found in the notes section of the slide
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Teaching materials from the lesson are hyperlinked for easy navigation 
  • Provides a list of supplementary audio and print resources
  • None
Common Core