Use these lesson plans, created by teachers for teachers, to explore music and dance in America.
The American Dream (Grades 6-12) Students complete an interdisciplinary WebQuest to learn the story of a decade in American history, as they help define the American Dream. In this lesson, students can take the role of a musician.
Family Customs Past and Present: Exploring Cultural Rituals (Grades 6-12) In this lesson, students investigate rituals and customs of various cultures and then explore their own cultural rituals through interviews with family. Activity 3 includes an intercultural music activity.
Natural Disasters: Nature's Fury (Grades 6-12) Students examine accounts by Americans from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries of their life changing experiences with nature. The artifact gallery includes songs that account nature
Music and U.S. Reform History: Stand Up and Sing (Grades 6-12) Students analyze issues related to industrialization and reform by exploring sheet music and creating original songs.
Mark Twain's Hannibal (Grades 9-10) Using both primary source documents and print materials, students analyze life around Hannibal, Missouri, during the latter half of the 19th century to determine what effects this location had on the writings of Mark Twain. Part of this lesson includes sheet music analysis.
African American Identity in the Gilded Age: Two Unreconciled Strivings (Grades 8-12) Students examine the tension experienced by African-Americans during the Gilded Age. This lesson includes the study of sheet music as a reflection of cultural attitudes.
World War I: What Are We Fighting For Over There? (Grades 6-12) Students create World War I era newspapers with different perspectives on American involvement in the war. Lesson 1 includes World War I song sheet analysis.