Louis Armstrong Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Learning about Louis Armstrong can be a fun time in your classroom. This lesson plan uses a video and text lesson to teach content and launches your students into discussions and an interactive learning experience.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Louis Armstrong
  • explain Louis Armstrong's music and legacy
  • discuss and describe Louis Armstrong's music style

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • New Orleans
  • Storyville
  • Cornet
  • Potato Head Blues
  • Improvisation
  • Scat singing
  • Heebie-Jeebies
  • Big band
  • All Stars
  • Hello Dolly

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • 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.

Instructions

Part 1

  • Prepare students for the topic by having them read the lesson Louis Armstrong: Biography, Songs & Facts for homework the night before class and have them complete a reader's response entry in their journals as follows:
    • Before reading - I think I will learn about…
    • During reading - I'm connecting to…..
    • After reading - I was surprised to learn….
  • Also instruct them to take the quiz.

Part 2

  • Start class by breaking students into small groups and having them share their reader's response entries. Review content and define vocabulary as desired.
  • Label the board 'Who, What, Where, When, Why and How' and have students create categories for each 'W' question in their notebooks.
  • Now start the video lesson Louis Armstrong: Music, Trumpet & Vocal Style, instructing students to take notes in the correct category as the lesson plays.
  • Pause at 5:51 and have students add to their 'W' notes using the printed lesson. Compare notes then give each student an index card.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support