Download Migration Lesson Plan #2
A look at the immigration patterns/peoples who settled the area and the musical traditions they brought with them, and how that impacted the development of the musical heritage we celebrate today
A lesson plan for grade 8 history and social studies
By Carolyn Dell Walters
- learn about how musical traditions were passed down
- will listen to a traditional folk song
- participate in a discussion about the impact of folk music in their life
- Time Required for Lesson [40 minutes]
- Materials Needed
- NC DVD- The Appalachians
- Website from AppState Workshop with recordings of folk songs
- Technology Resources Needed
- High-speed internet access and computers for each student
- Stereo headphones for each student
- SmartBoard and projector
Background Information / Pre-Activities
Folksongs you have heard? Been taught? Instruments you have learned to play? Discuss.
- Discuss music of our area - who is popular? kind of music? musical events?
- View DVD- segment of early settlers/musical traditions
- Listen to old recording of a popular folk song
This lesson will serve as a springboard to deeper research into the music of Western North Carolina, which will culminate in a project where student will demonstrate their specific learning and interest in a certain type of music or instrument or ballad writing.
Other lessons will include ballads and their place in Mountain Music, with an indepth study of Tom Dula. Other possibilities: Invite local musicians into the class to play different instruments, such as fiddle, dulcimer, and banjo; order mountain dulcimer kits and have the students make their own instrument, as well as learn to play some simple songs. This might involve the music/band teachers at our school.
- ORAL HISTORY
North Carolina Essential Standards - SOCIAL STUDIES Grade 8
- 8SI.1 Evaluate information resources based on specific criteria]
- 8.H.1.1 (Construct charts, graphs, and historical narratives to explain particular events or issues)
- 8.H.1.2 (Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context
- *8.H.1.3 (Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives)
- 8.H.1.4 (Use historical inquiry to evaluate the validity of sources used to construct historical narratives)
- *8.C.1.1 (Explain how influences from Africa, Europe, and the Americas impacted North Carolina and the United States)
- *8.C.1.2 (Summarize the origin of beliefs, practices, and traditions that represent various groups within North Carolina and the United States)
- *8.TT.1 (Use technology and other resources for assigned tasks)
- *8.RP.1 (Apply a research process to complete project-based activities)