This American Master's series lesson uses Capote's autobiographical short story, "A Christmas Memory", to teach a lesson on characterization in writing.
Students will use the Miller-Kazan story as an introduction to the McCarthy era, one of the darkest times in America's cultural history.
Through these activities students will explore various definitions about what constitutes art and how other periods in art history may have framed these definitions, develop their own ideas of what constitutes art, and use representative works of art to support their own definitions of art.
In this lesson plan, students will learn the basics of jazz appreciation. They will hear performances by various artists including Ella Fitzgerald, learning about jazz styles, the roots of jazz, and the characteristics of different types of jazz.
In this lesson, students will watch the Lon Chaney episode of American Masters, read chapters from three original books on which Chaney's films were based, and use a reading strategy called Reader's Theater to adapt each chapter into a script.
In this lesson, students will prepare a mock-dedication for "The Sidney Poitier School." using a selection of reading strategies - Choral Reading, Guided Reading and Reader's Theater - to research the information before putting together their presentations.
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