October 29th, 2003
James Brown: Life and Times
Lesson Overview

Overview:


James Brown, influential American singer, songwriter, arranger, and dancer, was born in a segregated South during the Great Depression. From extremely humble beginnings, he went on to become one of the most well-known and influential musicians of his generation. In this lesson, students will trace James Brown’s rise from “Little Junior” in Depression-era Augusta, Georgia, to the “Minister of the New Super Heavy Funk” and create a collage that captures his impact on American music.

Grade Level:

9-12

Time Allotment:

Four 50-minute class sessions

Subject Matter:

Music, Language Arts

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • synthesize information from a variety of sources
  • create a collage that captures how the essence of a time period is reflected in James Brown’s songs
  • compose an essay that explains how “everybody’s got soul”

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, history, and culture.

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 2

http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=2
Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.

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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