How Scott Joplin was influenced by Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington

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5th - 12th, Homeschool
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Here's the important story of how ragtime composer Scott Joplin was influenced by Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington. This unit is based on Joplin's works The Strenuous Life (inspired by the speech written by Theodore Roosevelt) and A Guest of Honor (an opera based on the event when Booker T. Washington was invited to dinner at the White House, a first for a man of color). The story is told using cartoon storyboards, then reinforced with fun activities for a wide range of learning styles. Activities include creative writing, answering questions from a video, listening to music, word search puzzle This printable is in full color but looks great when printed in grayscale, too.

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