Singing for Justice: Following the Musical Journey of “This Little Light of Mine”

Scholars go on a musical journey to discover the origin, importance, and evolution of the song, "This Little Light of Mine". Class members boost their voice talents and clap to the beat while learning the lyrics in both English and Zulu. Discussions connect the historical background to musical application. Participants write an original lyric to add to the song in focus.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Combine the lesson with a unit on slavery or civil rights to add more substance to its history portion
  • Make journal entries digital—direct pupils to answer questions on a classroom blog where they can read, and respond to, their peers' work
  • Conduct the lesson during Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson focuses primarily on the music more than the history
Pros
  • Provides extension opportunities
  • The plan is written in detail
Cons
  • None