|In this lesson, the students will watch a performance of choreographer Paul Taylor's "Black Tuesday" and "Promethean Fire." They will also conduct research on the Great Depression and issues facing today's teenagers to create a dance that captures a dark period in our nation's history and people's resiliency when facing difficult times.|
The students will be able to:
1. Synthesize information from a variety of sources
2. Interpret facts and express meaning through writing activities
3. Create a dance that captures a historic era
4. Create a dance to communicate the resiliency of the human spirit
A copy of Great Performances' DANCE IN AMERICA: ACTS OF ARDOR: TWO DANCES BY PAUL TAYLOR
Bookmark the following sites:
Bing Crosby Internet Museum: Lyrics to Bing's Hits: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
Find lyrics to the song Bing Crosby made into a hit, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" on this site.
Library of Congress: America from the Great Depression to World War II:
Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
A vast collection of black-and-white and color photographs that provide a documentary record of America during the Great Depression can be found here.
New Deal Network
This site contains articles, speeches, letters, and photographs from the Great Depression.
The Authentic History Center: 1930s: Great Depression
Included on this site are links to the music of the Great Depression, political speeches, news broadcasts, letters and diaries, and images from the 1930s.
MuseumLink Illinois: Depression Era Art: The Federal Art Project
Browse the work of Illinois artists who participated in the New Deal art projects during the 1930s and 1940s on this site.
Grove Music Online
Access a comprehensive selection of articles, biographies, audio samples, and more from a wide range of musical genres on this subscription-based site.
Standard 3: Level IV Grade: 9-12
Understands dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.
Standard 5: Level IV Grade: 9-12
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
Standard 7: Level IV Grade: 9-12
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.
Working with Others
Contributes to the overall effort of a group.
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