Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Louis Armstrong, and addresses the standard of analyzing an individual’s development over the course of a series of events.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students to share an experience that changed their lives.  

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Did You Know?,” “Trivia,” or “Quotables.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about Louis Armstrong while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary that details Armstrong’s early life. Describe how his experiences shaped his character and career. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies the causes and effects of major events in Armstrong’s life and career. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum to honor Armstrong with artifacts that were influential in his life. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the Louis Armstrong Graphic Organizer, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Louis Armstrong Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Famous Historical Figures Unit: Continue to build understanding around individuals’ contributions to society with BrainPOP topics.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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