Blues Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are the key characteristics of blues music? This lesson plan uses a fact-based video lesson to summarize blues music and its history. A hands-on activity places students in the roles of composer and musician.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline key features of blues music
  • describe the common structure in blues music
  • list well-known blues songs and artists

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

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.RH.6-8.9

Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Materials

  • Several audio samples of blues music
  • Audio of the following songs: 'Memphis Blues', 'St. Louis Blues' and 'Livery Stable Blues'
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Assorted classroom objects

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