7th and 8th
Three 45-minute periods
By studying the artifacts and primary sources found at the Library of Congress and the National Archives, students will be able to gain deeper insight into the career of Duke Ellington.
Students will first complete a reading guide for the Library of Congress' Duke Ellington webpage with a learning partner. Following the completion of the guide, students will get together in small groups of three students to create a poster for a potential Duke Ellington concert during the 1920's in Harlem, New York using the primary resources available on this website. Finally, students will each listen to one of the recommended tracks from the required Duke Ellington recordings ("Harlem Twist (East St. Louis Toodle-Oo)," "The Mooche" or "Harlemania"), and write out an original set of lyrics to go along with the track they have chosen.
Students will create both a set of lyrics for a Duke Ellington composition and a poster for a possible Duke Ellington concert.
Alignment with Standards:
IL.1 Goal: Read with understanding and fluency.
IL.1.C Standard: Comprehend a broad range of reading materials.
IL.1.C.3c : Compare, contrast and evaluate ideas and information from various sources and genres.
IL.2 Goal: Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.
IL.2.A Standard: Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning.
IL.3 Goal: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.
IL.3.A Standard: Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and structure.
Assessment and Evaluation:
Informal assessment will be based upon time on task and team cooperation. Formal assessment will use rubrics for the poster and song lyrics. The reading guide will also be formally assessed.
Duke Ellington: "Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra: Jungle Nights in Harlem (1927-1932)" CD
"Duke Ellington: "The OKeh Ellington" CD
5 or more computers
Students will work in teams to create a poster for a possible Duke Ellington concert in Harlem during the 1920s.. They will work with partners to navigate the Library of Congress reading quest exercise. Cooperatives groups are automatically designated throughout the READ 180 program.
Students will complete a set of their own lyrics to a Duke Ellington composition.