Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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.


Ask students to share an experience that changed their lives.  


  • 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: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary that details Armstrong’s early life. Describe how his experiences shaped his character and career.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies the causes and effects of major events in Armstrong’s life and career.
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum to honor Armstrong with artifacts that were influential in his life.  


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Louis Armstrong  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did Armstrong impact the world?  
  • How can experiences shape a person’s legacy?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Louis Armstrong Quiz. 

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Continue analyzing how individuals develop over the course of their experiences by exploring more topics in BrainPOP’s Famous Historical Figures Unit.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments