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After this lesson, students will be able to:
- retell and discuss Frederic Chopin's life
- explain Chopin's musical career and contribution to music
- order events in Chopin's life
- 1 - 1.5 hours
- Copies of the lesson Frederic Chopin: Biography, Music & Facts, one for each student
- Timeline template or paper, pencils and rulers
- Samples of Chopin's music
- Colored pencils
- Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
- Frederic Chopin
- George Sand
- Aurore Dudevant
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.
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- Start the lesson off by asking students to reflect on the phrase 'poet of the piano,' inferring its meaning and writing about what they think this phrase means.
- Divide students into small groups and have them share their answers then discuss as a whole group.
- Distribute copies of the lesson Frederic Chopin: Biography, Music & Facts and instruct students to read the section 'Early Life.' Ask:
- What are some things Chopin is known for?
- What does it mean to be a child prodigy?
- Why did Chopin find success in Paris?
- Distribute the timelines and have students fill it out using information from this section.
- Next read the section 'Getting Established.' Allow students to fill out the timeline with this information then discuss:
- What was unique about how Chopin achieved prominence?
- What was unique about Chopin's performances?
- Play a few samples of Chopin's work and see if students can identify what is considered 'introspective, elegant, charming and graceful' as mentioned in the lesson.
- Have students read 'Poet of the Piano' and fill out timelines. Ask:
- What changes to the piano allowed Chopin to be known as the 'Poet of the Piano?'
- What effect on music did these differences have?
- How did Chopin use rubato to enhance his music?
- Ask students to read 'Declining Health and George Sand' and 'Final Years.'
- After completing the timelines play the Minute Waltz and Funeral March for students. Discuss musical elements of each.
- Read the 'Lesson Summary' with students and allow them to ask any remaining questions.
- Give each student a piece of paper and have them fold it into six squares and open it back up.
- Students will now complete a 'Hexagon Reflection' on Chopin. Explain to students they are to write the criteria as follows in each square:
- Summarize Chopin's personal life
- Summarize Chopin's professional life
- Explain how Chopin's music was unique
- Describe Chopin's music
- Compare Chopin's music with their favorite genre
- Judge Chopin's music, giving personal opinions
- As students work, walk around to offer suggestions and guide learning.
- When students are finished have them share work with a partner then display in the classroom.
- Have students take the lesson quiz to check understanding.
- Have students conduct further research on Chopin and write an informational essay.
- Listen to more samples of Chopin's work and teach students about the unique style that made him famous.
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