Dance and Historical Context Teacher Resources

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Arts and Culture: Dance - Historical Background of Dances

For Teachers 6th
Throughout history, dance has had a spiritual or ritual significance depending on the context it's performed in. Critical thinkers research and create a multi-media presentation describing the use of dance and music in wedding rituals...
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Pioneers of American Dance

For Students 4th - 12th
Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, José Limón, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly. Famous dancers and some history of modern dance, what a packet! Although designed to prepare students to see a performance of the Connecticut Ballet, this...
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La Raspa, Mexican Hat Dance, and Cinco De Mayo Celebration

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learn two dances that your class can perform at a Cinco De Mayo school celebration. This is really an outline and would be better used if there were plans for how to teach the dance steps. The idea is good to teach the cultural...
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Traditional Japanese Dance

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study introductory history and cultural purposes of selected Japanese dance forms. They analyze the philosophical beliefs, social systems, and movement norms that influence the function and role of Japanese dance in the lives...
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Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore traditional dances.  In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts.  Students draw inferences about the vital...
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Grand Canyon Suite

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Take a trip to the Grand Canyon! Lesson one explores how Ferde Grofe painted a musical landscape of America when he wrote the Grand Canyon Suite. Learners then examine art that shows the Grand Canyon in instructional activity two....
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Korean Dance

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the various types of dancing present in Korea. In groups, they discover the history and cultural purposes of the dances and how society influenced the role of dance in its culture. They answer discussion questions and...
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Looking at different cultures and how music from differing cultures changes movements, meaning and mood

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Each of the three dance lessons included here will get your class moving. The first lesson allows learners to explore how music and movement differ in meaning depending on cultural context. Lesson two gives them an opportunity to create...
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Living History - Dance

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic...
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The Art and History of Japanese Calligraphy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Chinese and Japanese calligraphy is beautiful and significant in both culture and tradition. Engage your class in this expressive fine art form through a instructional activity on using, holding, and creating brush strokes common to...
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Native Voices

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Navajo people build their dwellings with the doors facing the rising sun in the east to welcome wealth and fortune. Pupils learn about the traditions of the Navajo people in the first part of a 16-part unit. They explore American...
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Shange's Novel Betsey Brown & Jazz

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a work of fiction and investigate literary values and structure of the work. They demonstrate understanding of the family values, cultural and historical context of the novel;
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Love a Culture: Dance to Its Music!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to...
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Integtrating Chinese Dance

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate the concept of Chinese dance and how it developed. They practice some of the dances and conduct research the contributions of major choreographers. Students describe the history and cultural significance of each dance.
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VISUAL ARTS

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Young scholars learn the historical context of mask-making explore the elements of the art form.
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The Importance of Being Earnest: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Historically, members of the upper class provide plenty of fodder for comedic writers. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is no exception, and a study guide for the classic play discusses some of the Victorian social issues he...
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Music in South India-Kerala

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify various instruments and styles of music from South India-Kerala. In this music lesson plan, students discover main languages of South India and the Kathakali dance drama. Students discuss the types of singers and...
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Sense and Sensibility: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Jane Austen wrote the book on matchmaking and romance in eighteenth and nineteenth century England. A study guide for theatrical adaptation of Sense and Sensibility discusses the historical and social context of the classic novel....
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Pride and Prejudice: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice could probably watch a different adaptation of the classic tale every day for a year and still not view them all. A study guide outlines information about the novel, the history surrounding it,...
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Expository Writing: The Crucible

For Teachers 8th - 12th
In this expository writing worksheet, students are given an article on religion to read. Students must answer comprehension questions based on the reading and write a summary of the information.
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Shakespeare and the Concepts of the Renaissance

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders familiarize themselves with the English Renaissance period and recognize the symbolism in Act V of "The Merchant of Venice" and analyze how it relates to the Italian Renaissance Themes. They produce an extended response...
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The First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders examine the development of the first Thanksgiving. They develop a list of the resources and technologies both the Pilgrims and the Indians shared with each other, listen to the book "The First Thanksgiving," and...
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An Introduction to Sonata

For Students 6th - 9th
In this music worksheet, students read an excerpt about the classical sonata and how it is defined. They also respond to seven questions based on what they read in the excerpt about sonata.

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