Spirituals In Motion

Sample Lesson Plans

Single Presentation

 

Lesson Title: I Can Identify and Create Spirituals

 

Grades: 4,5(6)

 

Content Areas: Music, Social Studies, English Language Arts, ESL

 

Time Required: 45 minutes

 

Big Picture Questions:

  • What is the connection between my experience and the world?

  • How can my story and my song help others?

  • How does music connect me to others, and to the past?

  • How does telling my story make me strong?

  • How does sharing my story connect me to others?

 

Lesson Overview: Students will learn the origin of Negro Spirituals, their function throughout history, and their relevance to student’s lives today.

 

Learning Targets:

  • Students will identify and explore 3 traditional negro spirituals.

  • Students will identify how spirituals were used throughout history.

  • Students will connect historical use of spirituals to their own lives.

  • Students will apply collaborative learning skills to create an original spiritual.

Workshop:  3-5 days

 

Unit Title: I Can Identify and Create Spirituals

 

Grades: 4,5(6)

 

Content Areas: Music, Social Studies, English Language Arts, ESL

 

Big Picture Questions:

  • What is the connection between my experience and the world?

  • How can my story and my song help others?

  • How does music connect me to others, and to the past?

  • How does telling my story make me strong?

  • How does sharing my story connect me to others?

 

Unit Overview: Students will learn the origin of Negro Spirituals, their function throughout history, and their relevance to student’s lives today.

 

Learning Targets:

  • Students will identify key historical facts in the development of negro spirituals.

  • Students will identify how spirituals were used throughout history.

  • Students will connect historical use of spirituals to their own lives.

  • Students will apply collaborative learning skills to create an original spiritual.

 

Time Required: 3-5 days

 

Day 1: I Can Tell the Story of Negro Spirituals (Historical Background)

  • Enslaved Africans, slavery and indentured servitude

  • Conditions of living, working and spirituality

  • Coded message songs

  • Civil Rights Movement and use of Spirituals

  • How Spirituals are still being used today

  • Do we have reasons to write Spirituals today? 

  • Parallel the conditions of life 400 years ago to life today. What do we celebrate? What are our concerns? How can we use Spirituals in our lives today?

Day 2: I Can Tell My Own Story in a Spiritual (Linking History to Students’ Lives Today)

  • What kinds of topics would you choose to write about?

  • What elements of music would you use to express your voice

  • Begin brainstorming and crafting songs using 1 of 3 templates. Work song, Play Song, Hope Song

Day 3: Celebration of Learning

 Prepare for Presentation

  • Rehearse and record