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Looking to use Middle School Lesson 33 (updated 2021) in your Middle School classroom?

Middle School Lesson 33 (updated 2021)

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Grades(s):
Middle School
Months / Weeks(s):
May, Week 2
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Introduction

In this lesson you will

  • sing and play along with the song “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”
  • learn about the origins of the song
  • learn about how the song was used during the civil rights movement
  • listen to and compare performances by Georgia Field Hands and Bruce Springsteen

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can create an accompaniment for a song.
  • I can compare and respond to two performances.

Learn to sing the song "Oh Mary Don't You Weep No More"

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Learn to sing the song "Oh Mary Don't You Weep No More"

Play a line, then echo.

Continue until you have sung verse 1.

Play the video again and sing the whole song.

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Add a descant

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Add a descant

Learn the descant.

Sing the descant with the chorus.

Add body percussion to the chorus

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Add body percussion to the chorus

Learn the body percussion shown below.

Perform the body percussion while singing the chorus.

Discuss the time signature

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Discuss the time signature

Learn the pitch letter names in the song

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Learn the pitch letter names in the song

Play the song on an instrument

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Play the song on an instrument

Sing the pitch letter names.

Try playing the song on an instrument.

A link to a glockenspiel is given below.

Link to a glockenspiel

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Link to a glockenspiel

Play the melody above on a glockenspiel.

Read about the song - 1

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Read about the song - 1

Read about the song - 2

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Read about the song - 2

YouTube link to Pete Seeger's "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

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YouTube link to Pete Seeger's "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Pete Seeger If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus".

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Listen to a second recording of "If You Miss Me"

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Listen to a second recording of "If You Miss Me"

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus".

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Listening questions

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Listening questions

These are questions to think about as you listen to the 1929 performance.

Link to 1929 performance

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Link to 1929 performance

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Georgia Field Hands, Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More".

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Listening questions

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Listening questions

These are questions to think about as you listen to the Bruce Springsteen performance.

Link to Bruce Springsteen's performance

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Link to Bruce Springsteen's performance

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Bruce Springsteen Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More".

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Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances

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Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances

This worksheet is given as a printable in Supporting Resources.

Complete the worksheet, or have a discussion about similarities and differences in the two performances.

Optional: Bruce Springsteen biography

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Optional: Bruce Springsteen biography

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Bruce Springsteen biography".

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