Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Are your students aware there is a Hall of Fame for Rock and Roll musicians? Use this lesson plan to introduce them to the concept. Focus on the location and unique architecture, then take a peek at a few inductee categories. Follow up with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history and architecture of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • describe the categories for being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • apply understanding of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by creating a personal star


  • 1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Performers
  • Non-performers
  • Early Influences
  • Lifetime achievement
  • Award for Musical Excellence
  • I.M. Pei

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


  • Engage students with the topic by writing a list of Rock and Roll hall of fame artists on the board and asking students to determine what they all have in common. Discuss answers.
  • Tell students they will be learning about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Share prior knowledge, then pass out copies of the lesson Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Location, Architect & Inductees.
  • Ask students to read the first section, 'Location,' then show them a map. Point out Cleveland, then ask:
    • Why was Cleveland chosen as the location?
    • Why did the civic leaders in Cleveland want the Hall of Fame?
    • What did they do to make sure they received it?
  • Now have them read the 'Architecture' section. If possible, show images of the Hall of Fame inside and out. Discuss:
    • What style did Pei use when creating the structure? Why?
    • What is the building used for?
    • How often are inductees made to the Hall of Fame?
  • Instruct students to read the 'Inductees' section. Discuss the five categories and show images of people who have been inducted. Share prior knowledge and, if possible, share their music. Ask:
    • If you were to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which category would you be in? Why?
    • Which category do you think is the most important? Why?
    • Are there any additional categories they should include?
  • Allow students to read the lesson summary and answer any remaining questions.

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