Category Archives: Unit 2 – African-American Spirituals

Unit 2: African-American Spirituals with Huxsie

Melody will take us on a journey from Toronto, Canada to Savannah to meet our next artist, Huxsie. Use SG13–15 to meet Huxsie and prepare your students to learn about African-American spirituals. Genre Overview African-American spirituals originated in the slave quarters of the American south, and are sacred songs with lyrics based on stories from…

Lesson 1: Exploring “Follow the Drinking Gourd”

Aim: What is the hidden meaning in “Follow the Drinking Gourd”? Summary: Students learn to sing “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and explore the hidden meaning of the song and the code found in the lyrics. Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio, pencils Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.CR.3, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: GM.CR.NL-AH.1, GM.PR.NL-AH.3, GM.RE.NL-AH.6, GM.CN.NL-AH.8,…

Lesson 2: Learning “This Train Is Bound for Glory”

Aim: What musical opposites can we find in “This Train Is Bound for Glory”? Summary: Students explore the meaning of the song, and learn musical opposites of dynamics (loud/soft) and tempo (fast/slow). Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.1, ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.CR.3, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.RE1, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: GM.CR.NL-AH.1, GM.CR.NL-AH.2, GM.PR.NL-AH.3, GM.RE.NL-AH.6, GM.CN.NL-AH.8, GM.CN.NL-AH.9 Vocabulary: dynamics,…