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Iíve Got the Literacy Blues

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Iíve Got the Literacy Blues

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Carroll

Pleasanton, California

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7

Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.

Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 8

Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday.

Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them "the blues." Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.

 

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