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Dr. Seuss Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will use the works of Dr. Seuss as an introduction to beats and time signatures in music. Students will identify a beat within the works of Dr. Seuss, and perform it according to a set meter.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the link between rhythm in poetry and musical meter
  • Identify a beat within a section of poetry
  • Maintain a set beat and perform a spoken chant within a time signature

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Please note that each state has different standards for art and music. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Materials

  • Short selection from Seussical the Musical to play for class
  • A copy of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who and printed copies of the words
  • Short passages from several Dr. Seuss books
  • A basic metronome (Simple ones are readily available on the internet)

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