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Ragtime Book Quiz

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
In this fiction books worksheet, students complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Ragtime." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times...
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Ragtime: 1880-1920

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Build an understanding of the social, economic, and cultural changes that were incited by the American Industrial Revolution. Learners will research the historical context of the Ragtime Era, and compose an oral presentation in the voice...
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Jazz's Beginnings

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine jazz's roots and their hybridization in New Orleans in the early 20th century. They listen to ragtime and jazz recordings, then complete worksheets imbedded in this plan.
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"Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin

For Students 4th - 5th
In this classical music appreciation worksheet, students listen to a recording of "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin. Students read about the composer and the structure of the piece. Students answer 5 questions and then complete a word...
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The Sting

For Students 5th - 9th
In this music activity, students read an excerpt from the movie The Sting and identify the American composer, Scott Joplin, who found ragtime jazz music heard in the movie. They also respond to eight questions related to the excepts read.
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Renaissance and Ragtime Era

For Teachers 1st
First graders view video of dancers and compare the dance and the time periods in which they took place.  In this Renaissance and Ragtime Eras lesson students look at primary source material and list differences in the time periods.
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Ragtime: The First "American" Music?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners investigate the concept of ragtime music and the times associated with it in American history. They conduct research using a variety of resources and listen to a sample before writing down some of the results of the information...
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Lone Star Symphony - Scott Joplin

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students listen to different styles of music they have heard in their daily lives. They listen to Scott Joplin music, known as "ragtime." Students read a biography of Scott Joplin. Students identify locations on a map that are mentioned...
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Country's Music

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Jazz, Blue Grass, Hip Hop, Swing. Gospel, R&B, Ragtime, Disco. So many music genres born in the USA. After reading an article about the fate of New Orlean's Jazz after Hurricane Katrina, class members investigate the life cycles of...
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Migration of Music

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this music worksheet, students identify and define migration. They circle the different types of music created by the African-Americans who were brought to the New World. Students also explain why slavery is a bad thing.
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Interactive Timeline

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the development of ragtime music and its relation to jazz. They participate in an online Interactive timeline and read about the history of ragtime music, listen to examples of music, and in small groups create short...
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Music: A Jazz History

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Elementary and middle schoolers explore ragtime music and gain an understanding of its relation to jazz music. Youngsters become familiar with the common forms used in ragtime piano pieces, and study syncopation. This interesting lesson...
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VH1 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the origins of ragtime music in American and analyze its musical form.
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The King of Ragtime

For Teachers 1st
First graders study Scott Joplin. In this music lesson, 1st graders read articles about Scott Joplin and listen to recordings of his music. Students complete a worksheet about Scott Joplin.
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Social Studies: Cultural New Orleans

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students observe the PBS film, "New Orleans," to explore such topics as race relations, cultural history, and urbanization. After examining n interactive map displaying the city at various dates in its history, students role-play as...
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Ragtime Quilt- Fast 'n' Furious

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students practice sewing techniques and create a group quilt. In this sewing lesson, students use flannel squares and perform basic sewing stitches. The students arrange all of their individual squares to construct a quilt.
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Learning to Play Together

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students listen to and discuss American music genres, specifically ragtime, bebop/bop, and swing, and experiment with improvisation on traditional tunes and rhythms.
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America Gets Jazzed

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students browse current issues of Target newspaper and their local newspaper and look for articles or advertisements featuring jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, gospel, or ragtime musicians. They discuss the African American roots in these...
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Broadway and The American Dream

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Considering a unit study of American Musical Theatre? What better way to start than at the very beginning. Eight pairs of cards provide class members with background information about the genre from 1893 through 2004. The cards are...
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The Roots of Jazz

For Teachers 5th - 9th
This slide show introduces learners to the development of jazz. It quite briefly describes what influenced jazz music, jazz instruments, and Jazz in the early years. It also explains how jazz has influenced modern classical composers....
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Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-Duke Ellington

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Learners 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...
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 8 - The 70's Have a Nice Day - Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify the characteristics and elements of large scale rock productions. They examine the similarities between the American Vaudeville shows and the large-scale rock theater productions of the 1970's.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 10 - Up From the Underground - Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss the effect music videos have had on the role of the music. They examine how developments in technology have effected the music industry.
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Shall We Dance or Do Manners Matter?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the importance of social graces during the Victorian Era in the US. In this library studies lesson, students use primary documents to describe the emphasis on morals, proper behavior and manners impacted every aspect of...

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