Exploring the Blues


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Exploring the Blues
By Tom Anderson and Bradley Shank
Book and CD
53 pages

Developed by Music Alive magazine, each section includes a reproducible student article, 2 reproducible activity pages (including games and other enrichment), and a detailed National Standards-based lesson plan with assessments. The first 5 chapters discuss specific topics within the growing history of the blues. The last 3 chapters focus on individual blues legends. 

Birth of the Blues (W.C. Handy): CD tracks - Berta Berta (excerpt), Sheep Sheep Don'tcha Know the Road, Blues in C; Article Worksheet; Lyric Writing Exercise Activity Sheet.   

Early Blues Guitarists: CD tracks - Blues in C, See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Mississippi Bo Weevil Blues (excerpt); Article Worksheet; Guided Listening Activity Sheet.   

Women With the Blues- Then & Now: CD tracks - Blues in C, Travelin' Blues, Trouble Everywhere I Roam (excerpt); Article Worksheet; Blues Basics Activity Sheet.   

The Blues Begin to Rock: CD tracks - Hard to Be (excerpt), Johnny B. Goode; Article Worksheet; Listening Map (Johnny B. Goode) Activity Sheet.   

Blues Across America- Styles of the Blues: CD tracks - Mississippi Bo Weevil Blues (excerpt), Ships on the Ocean (excerpt), Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (excerpt), Nashville Woman's Blues (excerpt); Article Worksheet; Be A Blues Detective Activity Sheet.   

Bessie Smith- Empress of the Blues: CD tracks - Yellow Dog Blues (excerpt), Nashville Woman's Blues (excerpt); Article Worksheet; Syncopation Notation Activity Sheet.   

John Lee Hooker- Father of the Boogie: CD tracks - Boogie Chillen (excerpt), It Serves You Right to Suffer (excerpt); Article Worksheet; Blues in Different Keys Activity Sheet.   

B.B. King- Beale Street Blues Boy: CD tracks - Boogie Chillen (excerpt), Catfish Blues, Every Day I Have the Blues; Article Worksheet; Listening Map (Every Day I Have the Blues) Activity Sheet.

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