This resource is an excellent mini-unit on jazz. There are a series of lessons that include objectives, activities, graphic organizers, and music suggestions. All of the activities help students gain a better understanding of the origins of jazz, different types of jazz, and links to current music. The materials could be used as a stand alone unit or could be integrated into a variety of courses such as a US History class or a History of Music class. It should be noted that there some classroom specific references that would need to be changed in order to use the unit in another classroom.
First lesson in a series on Jazz Studies. This one begins with modern hip-hop and ties it back to the earliest roots in Africa and slavery. Students read a selection, complete a graphic organizer, listen to some songs, and analyze hip-hop lyrics.
This was taught at KIPP Saturday School.
Students listen to Jazz selections, write down their impressions in a graphic organizer, and note examples of conversations. Suggested music is: Armstrong, Holiday, Fitzgerald, Coltrane, Monk, Hancock.
Students listen to jazz that pushes the envelope.
3. I will be able to identify examples of jazz musicians who try to play what no one else is capable of playing.
Suggested musicians include: Gillespie, Parker, Buddy Rich, Bill Evans, Coletrane, Blackalicious