Dancing Where We're From: Sample Lesson

Diana Crum
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Diana Crum
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In this lesson, students will watch at an excerpt of Alvin Ailey's Revelations (1960) to reflect on how dance can celebrate a community. The lesson builds literacy, social skills, and historical knowledge. You can do it by itself or as part of a 7-lesson unit, called "Dancing Where We're From," that develops self-awareness and classroom community with fun activities like dance, discussion and written reflection. The resource includes a lesson plan, with links to online resources, and a worksheet for students.

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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