Roaring Twenties: Harlem Renaissance- Musicians of the Era- Lesson Plan

Harlem Renaissance
Musicians of the Era

1. Edward “Duke” Ellington
2. Louis Armstrong
3. Bessy smith
4. Billie Holiday
5. Other
Directions: Read/ listen to 2 of the artists, and describe…..
a. What made them “famous”/”special”?
b. What struggles did they face?
c. Major advancements?
d. What is the tone or mood of this recording?
e. Why do you think the original recording was made and for what audience?
f. List two things in this sound recording that tell you about life in the United States at the time.

contains readings, video links and graphic organizers for students to learn more about the Harlem Renaissance through music



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Created: Nov 1, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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