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Unit Title: Exploring music, musical artists

,
cultural, technology, and historical events
of the1950s
Music Standards:
VI. Students will listen to, analyze, and describe music.
GLE: 6.7 Identify the elements of music within a musical composition.
VII. Students will evaluate music and music performances.
GLE: 7.1 Express personal preferences for specific musical styles.
GLE: 7.3 Explain personal music preferences using appropriate terminology.
IX. Students will understand music in relation to history and culture.
GLE: 9.3 Describe how elements of music are used in various historical periods, cultures, genres, and
styles.
GLE 9.4 Identify sources of American music genres; trace the evolution of those genres and well-known
musicians associated with them.
GLE 9.5 Classify and describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from
various cultures and historical periods.
Unit Essential Question: In what ways were culture, technologies, and historical events influential to the
music of the 1950s; and how were the music genres of the 1950s different from each other?
Lesson Essential Questions:
How would you describe the 1950s?
How does new technology impact music of the 1950s?
Why is Rock and Roll music considered hybrid music? What are the differences between Cool Jazz, Crooner
Music, and Rock and Roll?
What are the differences between Cool Jazz, Crooner Music and Rock and Roll?

Created by: Mrs. LeNoir

1950s Unit Essential Question

In what ways were historical
events and new technology
influential to the music of the
1950s; and how were the
music genres of the 1950s
different from each other?

Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards Grade 7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says
explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the
course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and
teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing
their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1.a: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study;
explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on
ideas under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2: Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats
(e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and
information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2.a: Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and
information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include
formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2.b: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or
other information and examples.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2.c: Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among
ideas and concepts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2.d: Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the
topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2.e: Establish and maintain a formal style.

1950s Day 1: Instructional Video Activity

Directions:

Create a T-Chart. Use
the chart to describe the 1950s
musical artists, music, and culture.
Name:___________
Period:__________

1950s Historical Overview:

1950s Video Clip Information Chart
1950s Historical Over View

1950s Musical Artists:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNmn14nzB0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAWSgG0VRLI

Description of Description of 1950s
1950s musical culture, inventions,
artists/groups and historical events
and their
music
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Set Up-1950s Notes
Directions: Take out a piece of paper. Please put your
name and period in the upper right hand corner. Then
write 1950s notes in the top center of your paper. Please
write down the names of the two 1950s U.S. Presidents.

Presidents of the 1950s

Truman, Harry S., #33
1945-1953
Eisenhower, Dwight D., #34
1953-1961

1950s Music Notes a
1950s inventions that had an
impact on the music of the decade
oelectric guitar
oamplifiers
ojukebox
ovideo recorder was invented in
1956
ocolored TV
Fun Facts:
o Super glue was invented in 1951
o Barcodes were invented 1952

1950s Music Notes b
• COOL JAZZ evolved during the 1950s
after World War II.
• Characteristics of Cool Jazz: Calming,
Relaxing, Soothing, and Light Sounding,
tends to be instrumental
• Cool Jazz Artists were Miles Davis David
Brubeck
o David Brubeck’s- Take Five -reached the pop
music charts

1950s Music Notes c
•First electric guitarist was Charlie
Christian
othe electric guitar allowed guitars to be
heard over large crowds
•Electric Blues artist was Muddy Waters
oHe was famous for his slide guitar style,
and roaring shouting vocals

1950s Music Notes d

BIRTH OF CROONERS

• Crooner is a jazz solo vocalist, backed
by an orchestra, band, or piano
• Frank Sinatra
– Primarily on TV and in movies
– Songs rated greatest performance of
all: All the Way(1957), Come Fly With
Me(1958)
• Tony Bennett

– Primarily a Broadway artist

– First hit- Because of You(1951) then
switched to jazz

Crooner Music and Musicians of Today

Tony Bennett and Lady
Gaga
Cheek to Cheek

Michael Buble`
Good Feeling
Home

1950s Music Notes e
• Ella Fitzgerald was
considered to have the most
powerful voice.
• She was famous for phrasing
and improvisation
Ella Scatting

1950s Music Notes f

Jerry
• BIRTH OF ROCKIN’ ROLL
Lee Lewis
• Rockin’Roll is considered Hybrid
Music- combination of blues,
country, R & B, folk, and gospel
• songs were aimed at growing teensyouth issues: break ups, nagging
parents, and school problems
• adults found this music loud and
offensive
• Comets: Rock around the Clock
• Elvis Presley
Chuck Berry
Little Richar
Elvis
• Chuck Berry d
• Little Richard
• Fats Domino
Fats Domino

1950s Elvis Notes
• 1954 That’s All Right and Blue Moon of Kentucky
is first of five singles Elvis will release
• 1956. Heartbreak Hotel was Elvis' first Gold
Record selling over a million copies.
• November 1956. Elvis' first movie,
Love Me Tender
• Elvis' draft notice arrives December of 1957
• Which one is a the real Elvis: #1 and #2

Elvis

Elvis Hound Do

Day 4 Pre-Write Instructional Activity

Essential Question How were Cool Jazz, Crooner
Music and Rockin’ Roll different from each other?
Direction #1: Copy the
chart and then using your
notes finish completing
the chart.
Direction #2: Use the chart
and notes to answer the
following essential using
CSET: What are the
differences between Cool
Jazz, Crooner Music and
Rock and Roll?

Name:___________
Period:__________

EQ: How were Cool Jazz, Crooner Music and
Rock and Roll different from each other?

Genre

Description of
Musical
Genres

List Musical
Artist/Groups

Cool Ja
zz
Crooner
Music
Rockin’
Roll
Write and Answer the Essential Question on the
Back of this Paper

Name:___________
Period:__________

EQ: How were Cool Jazz, Crooner Music and Rockin’
Roll different from each other?
Genre

Description of
Musical Genres

List Musical
Artist/Groups

Cool Jazz

Crooner
Music

Rockin’
Roll

Write and Answer the Essential
Question on the Back of this Paper

Day4 Summarizing Activity

C-Set Music Grading Rubric
Exceeding the Standard

 
Claim

SetUp

Evide
nce

2 Points Each

 

The CLAIM is clearly stated and is very logical given what we know about the
text. The CLAIM answers the question and states your position.
The SET-UP clearly explains the context for the author’s EVIDENCE/QUOTE
(where it is from, and what is going on) so that the reader knows exactly what the
EVIDENCE/QUOTE is about. The SET-UP introduces your QUOTE with the title,
author, or context for your EVIDENCE.
The EVIDENCE/QUOTE clearly relates and supports the writer’s CLAIM.

The TIE-IN specifically explains why the EVIDENCE/QUOTE proves the author’s
CLAIM without simply repeating the EVIDENCE/QUOTE. The TIE-IN may also
Tie-in give two reasons that the EVIDENCE/QUOTE proves the author’s claim. The TIEIN first explains the QUOTE and then explains how the QUOTE proves the
CLAIM. (How does this QUOTE prove your CLAIM?)
The answer is organized and clear, sentences are correctly punctuated (no run-ons
Conve or fragments), and there are no obvious errors in spelling, punctuation,
ntions capitalization, or usage.

Day 5: Summarizing Strategy
1950s Quiz
1. Who was the first electric guitarist in the
1950s?
2. What was Muddy Waters famous for?
3. What Cool Jazz song was also considered a pop
song?
4. What was the name of a 1950s Crooner artist?
5. What was a 1950s music invention?
6. Name two musical genres that make up rock n
roll.
7. Name two rock n roll artists.
8. What was the name of Elvis’s first movie?
9. What are the names of two U.S. presidents that
were in office during the 1950s?

Day 6: Summarizing Strategy
1950s Quiz (Illustration)
Directions: You will be given a blank piece of paper in which
you will answer the following questions. You do not need to
copy the questions; however, be creative and incorporate
your answers in a colorful illustration that represents the
1950s decade with the materials you have been given.
 
1. Who was the first electric guitarist of the 1950s?
2. What was Muddy Waters famous for?
3. What Cool Jazz song crossed into the pop charts?
4. What was the name of a crooner artist?
5. Name an invention of the 1950s.
6. Name two Rock and Roll artists.
7. Why was Rock and Roll considered hybrid music?
8. What was the name of Elvis’ first movie?
9. Who were the United States presidents during the 1950s?
10. Students will draw a picture that represents 1980s
musical genre, musical artist/group, historical event, or
technology.