This lesson includes worksheets to accompany Anna Celenza's book, "The Heroic Symphony."(You will need to purchase the book on your own but it does come with a recording of the symphony!) This is a wonderful text and lesson to explore Beethoven's struggle with deafness and his determination to change the world as a composer. The worksheet will help students review the main ideas of the text but most importantly, will encourage them to think more deeply about the music and the composer and listen to this history-making symphony.
I am constantly trying to find ways to help students explore important pieces of music and actually sit down and listen but with limited time and limited attention span, this can be quite difficult at times. This is especially difficult with when the music is lengthy like so many of Beethoven’s works. This worksheet is meant to be done while listening to each movement of the Symphony no. 3 and incorporates a thinking routine called CSI. If you are unfamiliar with Project Zero or the book “Making thinking Visible” you may want to check out the website or the PDF I’ve included that describes the CSI procedure.
This is well-tested lesson that my students truly enjoy and that honestly helps them to understand and appreciate Beethoven and his music in a deeper way that stays with them long after the class.
Project Zero - Making Thinking Visible
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