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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.
The quiz is twenty-five questions, multiple-choice, with all taken from within the text. It is hoped that by completing this exercise, students will improve their vocabulary, learning comprehension skills, and their understanding of Spanish History, from the Visigoths through the Spanish Inquisition.
***An exciting and innovative way to teach the Common Core! The film 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 Common Core-aligned resources for Grades 6-12***