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Ragtime Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Are your students familiar with ragtime music? This lesson plan helps to define ragtime and its music through the use of an interesting text lesson and a group research activity.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define ragtime
  • outline the history and characteristics of ragtime music

Length

  • 1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.8

Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text lesson Ragtime Music: Definition, Composers & History
  • Several audio samples of ragtime music
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Access to the Internet
  • Devices with audio for students to access the Internet

Key Vocabulary

  • Ragtime
  • Syncopation

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