Exploring Primary Sources: Music in New Orleans

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Looking for a new and exciting way to teach young historians the art of primary source analysis? Jazz up your lesson with a resource that asks class members to analyze photos, travel documents, and letters written by some of New Orleans' most famous musicians.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce the lesson with the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Kermit Ruffins, and/or Mahalia Jackson
  • To save copying costs, rather than making individual copies of all the required materials, divide the class into groups and provide one packet to each team
Classroom Considerations

  • The travel document for and letter written by Jelly Roll Morton are difficult to read; however, larger, more legible versions can be accessed through the provided links
  • Requires individual copies of the many worksheets
Pros

  • The primary source analysis worksheets may be used with any examination of primary source documents
  • Provides links to several primary source databases
Cons

  • None