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Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-Duke Ellington
2nd - 6th
Students read Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the life of the 20th century composer. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing, social studies, and...
Using Prior Knowledge from Personal Experiences-Understanding Duke Ellington
4th - 6th
Students research the life of Duke Ellington. In this music history instructional activity, students draw comparisons between the early life experiences of Duke Ellington and themselves. Students work in small groups to compare...
The Jazz Age Featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Others
Fifth graders view pictures of jazz age performers. In this jazz history lesson, 5th graders discuss the difference between primary and secondary sources, view a PowerPoint presentation of great jazz musicians and discuss what they see.
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.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Dance of the Floreadores, Waltz of the Flowers in the Meter of Duke
6th - 8th
Learners contrast the meter and style of two different versions of the musical piece, "Waltz of the Flowers." Duke Ellington's meter in the "Dance of the Floreadores" is compared to Tchaikovsky's version in the "Nutcracker."
The United States in the 1920s: The New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Music, writing, and activism all tell the story of history! The resource uses these elements and more in a presentation to discuss the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance. Your class views biographies, discusses important events, and...
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,...
To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
To establish the historical and cultural context of To Kill a Mockingbird, class members listen to an audio that describes Lee's life experiences that parallel the novel, including her friendship with Truman Capote. Groups then read...