The History of Amazing Grace
|Overview:||Using primary source information, the students will learn about Amazing Grace as it evolved into one of America's most popular hymn tunes. The students will learn about the history, the variations and hear audio recordings of Amazing Grace from early American history.|
|Objective:||After completing this activity students will be able to:
|Time Required:||Four class periods of 40 minutes|
|Discipline/Subject:||High School Music Theory|
|Topic/Subject:||Performing Arts, Music|
|Era:||The New Nation, 1783-1815, National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877, Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900, Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929, Great Depression/World War II, 1929-1945|
Illinois Learning Standards:
Common Core Standards:
5. Performing and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
|Handouts:||Copy of the Southern Harmony, Baptist Chorals and a modern day version of Amazing Grace|
|Analysis Tools:||Amazing Grace Analysis Sheet (available on PDF)|
|Rubric:||Amazing Grace Analysis Grading Rubric (available on PDF)|
|PowerPoint:||Available on PDF|
|Library of Congress Items:||Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia: Amazing Grace|
|Online Resources:||Library of Congress, Performing Arts Encyclopedia: Amazing Grace|
|1. Present class with PowerPoint presentation on the History of Amazing Grace. The presentation is broken down into the following areas:
|2. After completion of the presentation, introduce the Amazing Grace Analysis Assignment. The purpose of this assignment is:
|3. Assess the quality of student work by using the Amazing Grace Analysis Rubric.||Rubric|
Student learning will be evaluated by completion of the analysis worksheet, and by their verbal participation in class.