One of the most fascinating aspects of music and dance is how they often mirror the historical conditions from which they arose. Flamenco, with its exotic movements and rhythms, helps to tell Spain’s complicated story of migration and religious conquest. It acts as a looking glass, a living monument to the region's Arab, Jewish, Gitano (Romany) and Eastern roots, that might otherwise be lost.
'Music as a Time Machine' is a 2000-word informational text that can help teachers supplement lesson plans for subjects ranging from History, Music and Dance to Cultural Studies. It is included with the 'Hola, Flamenco' purchase bundle, but also makes an excellent standalone resource - as a 'read and discuss' classroom activity, or take-home assignment.
This worksheet consists of a fill-in grid that cross-references important historical events (like the Moorish conquest of Spain or the Age of Absolutism) with the impact that each had on the cultural groups of Andalusia.Once completed, the grid will serve as a handy 'cheat sheet' that presents the historical information in chronological order. It is hoped that completing this exercise will improve students' reading comprehension and applied knowledge skils, as well as reinforcing their understanding of European History.
***An exciting and innovative way to teach the Common Core! 'Hola, Flamenco' is in Spanish, with English subtitles. Appropriate for all ages,* subject matter is best suited for Grades 6 and up. All academic materials are in English. Purchase bundle includes the informational texts and study materials listed below***