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5th grade reading and music lesson

2nd Edition Lesson

Voices in Music


In this lesson, students will write an analysis of music inspired by historical events of the Civil Rights Era with a focus on the expressive qualities being used by the singers/songwriters, as well as considering the representative views of history being represented in the songs.


2-3 Class Sessions

Content Standard
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.6: Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Arts Standard
MU:Re8.1.5: Demonstrate and explain how the expressive qualities (such as dynamics, tempo, timbre, and articulation ) are used in performers’ and personal interpretations to reflect expressive intent.

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