Teaching Jazz as American Culture

This Teaching Jazz as American Culture unit also includes:

Jazz and the City, Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement, Jazz and Gender, Jazz and Literature, Jazz and the Arts, Jazz and Film. Here's a packet of unit plans organized around themes that reflect American culture. Each unit examines how jazz influence the key concept and how the key concept influenced jazz. A remarkable resource.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Coordinate the units with social studies, music, and language arts teachers and present during Jazz Appreciation Month in April
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed by teachers who participated in the 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
  • Lesson plans included in the packet are are intended for middle and high school humanities classes
  • The Ken Burns CD set is available for purchase on the Internet
  • Each unit requires considerable prep time to locate resources and duplicate materials
Pros

  • The 118-page packet includes a table of contents that makes it easy to find particular lessons, the six unit plans, and a discography
  • Each unit contains detailed plans and activities, a list of required resources, and links to helpful websites
Cons

  • No rubrics are included