Here is a short biography of the internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and band leader – Duke Ellington. The informational text explains Ellington’s formative years, his accomplishments, and his influence on 20th century music. Following the text are 14 multiple choice reading questions. Also included are 4 photos from public domain. One picture is of Duke, one is Duke and his band, another photo shows the outside of the Cotton Club, where they performed, and the last one is the Washington, D.C. quarter on which Ellington is portrayed.
Reading comprehension skills assessed in the lesson are: Determining Main Ideas, Identifying Details, Making Inferences, Drawing Conclusions, and Making Generalizations. Vocabulary enrichment includes the words: scolded, melancholic, soda fountain, century, genius, universal and image.
This mini-lesson would be a great resource for Black History Month, a biography unit or for a teaching of reading, music, or social studies lesson. It is a word document that can easily be printed off and modified if necessary. The 6th page is the answer key.