Appalachian Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about music of the Appalachian region. A text lesson explains the origins and evolution of this music genre and discusses its impact on music today. Cooperative learning experiences and discussion makes concepts relatable and a quiz tests understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the origins of Appalachian music
  • describe the origins of Appalachian music
  • discuss the impact and legacy of Appalachian music

Length

50 minutes for lesson plus time for activity

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Bluegrass
  • Fiddle
  • Mountain dulcimer
  • Banjo
  • Old-time music

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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