FREE for a limited time! The perfect activity for Black History Month or any study of blues and roots music or American cultural history! This fun, fascinating, beautifully illustrated activity for any grade level gives insight into why African-American musicians took on wild and inventive performing names in the early and mid-1900s — a tradition that continues today, especially in blues and jazz music.
In this colorful 2-page download, kids are introduced to some of history’s most famous blues musicians — and their extravagant titles — and learn how to create their own “Blues” names using the same methods as real musicians: by combining truthful or exaggerated physical or character descriptors with geographic or locational markers. The activity also includes around 200 crazy, but real, blues musician names for inspiration.
PART OF A GREAT CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
After helping students come up with their own Blues names, why not have them use them in class during all or some of Black History Month in February? Do the names make them feel better about themselves? More talented? More popular? Do they uplift their regular lives, creating something a little more special? By helping students understand that African-Americans in the South were often treated like “nobody” or less than human, and that taking on elevated, grandiose names helped them feel like “somebody” special, they will gain an important perspective on tolerance, equality, and kindness toward others.
GET THE FULL COMIC BOOK TO SUPPORT A WONDERFULLY RICH LESSON.
To take your lesson to the next level, get the 24-page, full-color educational comic book, The Blues (available in this store), which this free download takes a page from. The Blues comic book combines engaging adventure, historically accurate and politically correct storytelling, and beautiful illustrations and interactive activities. It’s the ultimate way to bring to life black history in the South, from slavery and juke joints to spirituals, blues, and rock ’n’ roll. Available in convenient multi-packs and shipped first class, so you’ll get them in just a few days within the U.S. Each order comes with a FREE iOS app of the comic book that adds music and SFX!
Make the historical month of February your classroom’s most meaningful yet!
Create Your Own Blues Name
by Josh Coen and Blues Comix
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Based on a work at BluesComix.com