George Frideric Handel Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about George Frideric Handel with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of his life and work, listen to pieces and interact with content, then display understanding with a project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of George Frideric Handel
  • describe and analyze work by Handel


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • The Hallelujah Chorus
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Oratorio
  • Messiah
  • Poet's Corner

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4

Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start class by playing a sample of music by Handel.
  • As the music plays, ask students to listen and write down their ideas, feelings, and reactions.
  • Now break students into small groups and have them share their writing, then discuss as a whole group:
    • What did you notice about the music?
    • What did you like about it?
    • What type of music do you think it is? Why?
  • Tell students the name of the piece and that it was written by an artist named George Frideric Handel.
  • Allow students to share their prior knowledge on the topic.

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