Background Essay and Planning Guide
Every unit begins with an essay about the musical and social history of the era. Essays cover many styles and genres, including popular, religious and folk songs performed and listened to by a variety of ethnic groups and regions. Essays also trace changing technologies affecting how music was produced and distributed. At the end of the essay, “Sources” directs you to further information on those topics.
Plan, integrate, review and assess
Following the essay is a page of planning strategies to help you integrate lessons using Voices Across Time songs into your curriculum to meet your instructional goals. Questions help you lead discussions to introduce your unit by encouraging students to predict what the music of this period will reveal. At the end of the unit, other questions help students evaluate the legacy of the era’s music. Finally, suggestions are given for assessment exercises.