Appalachian Analysis

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Appalachian Analysis


Content Source:

Cleveland Orchestra
Type: Learning Activity


Students will listen to and analyze Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland.  They will discuss how Copland uses instruments to paint a musical picture.  They will research the Appalachian Mountains and write informational texts about the natural habitat and geographical features.  

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
23 ) Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. [W.4.2]

a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.4.2a]

b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. [W.4.2b]

c. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because). [W.4.2c]

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.4.2d]

e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented. [W.4.2e]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.4.23- Compose informative or explanatory texts by stating a topic, providing facts or details, and providing an appropriate conclusion related to the topic.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 4
Music: General
16) Demonstrate and explain how selected music connects to and is influenced by specific interests, experiences, purposes, or contexts.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 4
Music: General
19) Evaluate musical works and performances, applying established criteria, and explain appropriateness to the context.

Example: Write a detailed review of a live musical performance.

Tags: Aaron Copland, Appalachian Mountains, informational text
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