Stravinsky Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan uses a text-based lesson to teach your students about Igor Stravinsky. Students will read about his life, work, and impact on music, ask and answer discussion questions, work in cooperative groups to apply concepts, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe and discuss the life of Igor Stravinsky
  • explain Stravinsky's body of work and his impact on music
  • listen to and analyze music by Stravinsky


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Igor Stravinsky: Biography, Music & Facts, one for each student
  • Music samples by Igor Stravinsky
  • Timeline template, one for each group
  • Access to the internet
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers

Key Terms and Songs

  • Russian Period
  • The Rite of Spring
  • The Firebird
  • Petruskha
  • The Rack's Progress

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.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • 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.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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