What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue: How Did Jazz Influence Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

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How did jazz influence Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man? Class members read some of Ellison's non-fiction writings about blues and jazz, listen to records, watch videos, and engage in student-centered discussions. They then produce podcasts that include pairing excerpts of music with excerpts from Invisible Man.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite the school's instrumental music teacher and the school's jazz band to talk about and perform some of the referenced music
Classroom Considerations
  • The two-part culminating performance task is aligned to Common Core standards
  • Most appropriate for honors or AP level literature or humanities classes
Pros
  • The 47-page packet includes an extensive teaching guide, a calendar for the nine-week unit, links to all the required resources, and rubrics
  • Many of the teaching materials may be used with any text
Cons
  • None