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Jazz Up Writing Workshop: Writing Biographies of African American Jazz Musicians

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Jazz Up Writing Workshop: Writing Biographies of African American Jazz Musicians

Grades 2 – 3
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Twenty 20- to 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lily Jones

Oakland, California

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together

Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 6

The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927.

Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 1

Music in Our Schools Month is in March.

Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Speak to Me: Teaching with Voki

Through Voki, a Web 2.0 tool, students create customizable avatars for class presentations for various purposes, such as presenting biographical information, expressing an opinion, or reading a poem.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Books With a Playlist

Share your musical heritage with kids this summer and get inspired by four stories about family, jazz, and the relationships that last a lifetime.

 

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