April 23rd, 2003
Following Muddy's Trail
Lesson Overview

Overview:
Born McKinley Morganfield in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1915, Muddy Waters was the first of the great Chicago Blues musicians. Using the AMERICAN MASTERS film Muddy Waters: Can’t Be Satisfied and the Guided Reading strategy in their research, students will learn about the influential musician’s childhood and trace his journey from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. Students will also learn about the Great Migration from the 1920s to the 1970s as they create a travel package for history buffs and Blues music enthusiasts.

Grade Level:
9-12

Time Allotment:

  • One hour for the “Muddy Waters Scavenger Hunt”
  • One hour for viewing the AMERICAN MASTERS episode
  • Four to six sessions for group work and preparation
  • One hour for presentations

Subject Matter:
History of post-slavery migration to Chicago, Blues music, African-American history, American History, Civil Rights, Geography

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:

  • Learn about the Great Migration of black Southerners to the North
  • Learn about the relationship between geography, transportation, history, music, culture, and civil rights
  • Use Internet sources and primary source materials

Standards:

National Standards:

MCREL MUSIC, Level 4, Standard 7
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=11&StandardID=7
Understands the relationship between music and history and culture

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 5
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

MCREL THINKING AND REASONING, Level 4, Standard 2
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=21&StandardID=2
Understands and applies basic principles of logic and reasoning

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 8
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 2
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=19&StandardID=2
Knows the characteristics and uses of computer software programs

MCREL WORKING WITH OTHERS, Level 4, Standard 1
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=22&StandardID=1
Contributes to the overall effort of a group

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