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


1 - 1.5 hours


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.


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.

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