Fans have long admired Joni Mitchell’s wildly innovative and deeply personal music. Her music has evolved from folk into pop, jazz, and avant-garde. For decades, the fiercely independent songwriter and performer resisted the whims of mainstream audiences and the male-dominated recording industry, emerging as one of the most influential and inspirational singer-songwriters of our time. In this lesson plan, students will view the AMERICAN MASTERS entitled Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind, examine the concept of influence, and explore how Joni Mitchell and her work have influenced others. Students will have a chance to study, interpret, and enjoy her lyrics by using the Choral Reading method.
High School (9th to 12th grade)
3 class sessions
English, Poetry, Music
Students will be able to:
MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 6
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of literary passages and texts (e.g., fairy tales, folktales, fiction, nonfiction, myths, poems, fables, fantasies, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, chapter books)
MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process
MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes
MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 9
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media
MCREL TECHNOLOGY, Level 4, Standard 2
Knows the characteristics and uses of computer software programs.