Daily Activities – Brenda Lee
The daily activities created for each of the Today in Georgia History segments are designed to meet the Georgia Performance Standards for Reading Across the Curriculum, and Grade Eight: Georgia Studies. For each date, educators can choose from three optional activities differentiated for various levels of student ability. Each activity focuses on engaging the student in context specific vocabulary and improving the student’s ability to communicate about historical topics.
One suggestion is to use the Today in Georgia History video segments and daily activities as a “bell ringer” at the beginning of each class period. Using the same activity daily provides consistency and structure for the students and may help teachers utilize the first 15-20 minutes of class more effectively.
Level 1: Provide the students with the vocabulary list and have them use their textbook, a dictionary, or other teacher provided materials to define each term. After watching the video have the students write a complete sentence for each of the vocabulary terms. Student created sentences should reflect the meaning of the word based on the context of the video segment. Have students share a sampling of sentences as a way to check for understanding.
Level 2: Provide the students with the vocabulary list for that day’s segment before watching the video and have them guess the meaning of each word based on their previous knowledge. The teacher may choose to let the students work alone or in groups. After watching the video, have the students revise their definitions to better reflect the meaning of the words based on the context of the video. As a final step, have the students compare and contrast their definitions to their textbook, dictionary or other teacher provided materials definitions.
Level 3: Provide the students with the vocabulary list and have them use their textbook, a dictionary, or other teacher provided materials to define each term. After watching the video, have the students write a five sentence paragraph based on the provided writing prompts.
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How different do you think the music industry would be if there was no television? Do you often watch music videos and performances on the television? In a five-sentence paragraph use Brenda Lee as an example of how television changed the music industry. Have you ever heard the term cross-over artist? A cross-over artist is someone who is successful in two different genres of music. In a five-sentence paragraph explain how Brenda Lee was a successful cross-over artist.
Would you enjoy being a successful musician at a young age? Do the math and figure out how old Brenda Lee was when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” if she was born in 1944. In a five-sentence paragraph, explain why you would, or would not like to be famous at a young age.
Related Georgia Performance Standards:
Reading Across the Curriculum (Grades 6-12)
SSRC1 Students will enhance reading in all curriculum areas by:
c. Building vocabulary knowledge • Demonstrate an understanding of contextual vocabulary in various subjects. • Use content vocabulary in writing and speaking.
• Explore understanding of new words found in subject area texts. d. Establishing context
• Explore life experiences related to subject area content. • Discuss in both writing and speaking how certain words are subject area related. • Determine strategies for finding content and contextual meaning for unknown words.
D. Cultural and Historical Context
MMSMA.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
a. Describe ways in which other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with those of music. b. Identify and describe common terminology used in music and another fine art. c. Discover and research persons who have achieved professional or commercial success in more than one fine art discipline.
MMSMA.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture a. Identify and explain a particular music example’s historical and cultural
significance. b. Compare and evaluate the roles of musicians throughout history. c. Recognize music’s role in today’s culture.