ESL Holiday Lessons.com
English Lesson Plan on International Jazz Day

Home  |  Donate  |  000s more free lessons |  1,000 Ideas Ideas e-Book
 


 
Advertisements

 
 
DOWNLOADS: Word Doc | PDF | MP3 Listening | Online Exercise

THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

International Jazz Day is usually celebrated each year on May 23. It is one day of the year when people around the world can celebrate this great music form. Jazz started in the USA and is America's only indigenous art form. Music lovers and musicians around the globe go to concerts, hold celebrations, or simply get together and listen to their favourite jazz artists. International Jazz Day was started in 1991 by jazz musician and bandleader D. Michael Denny. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. His aim was for a global day of appreciation for jazz. His idea worked. It is now backed by the United Nations Jazz Society. This sponsors jazz workshops and encourages musicians to make a living from their music.

Jazz originated at the beginning of the 20th century in the Southern United States. It is a combination of African and European music styles. It has a strong influence from West African traditional music. One expert said jazz differed from European music because it has "a special relationship to time, defined as 'swing' [and] a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role". It is unclear exactly where the word “jazz” came from. Many believe it was California slang to refer to the new music black musicians were playing in Chicago around 1915. The new music quickly grew into a wide variety of styles and a cultural phenomenon. Today we have genres that include acid jazz and jazz funk. Jazz even influences hip-hop.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

Advertisements

 

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

celebrate this great

a.

from their music

2

Music lovers and

b.

for jazz

3.

simply get

c.

music form

4.

a global day of appreciation

d.

together and listen

5.

It is now backed

e.

musicians

6.

make a living

f.

by the U.N. Jazz Society

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Jazz originated at the beginning

a.

include acid jazz

2

a combination of African

b.

influences hip-hop

3.

a special relationship to

c.

and European music

4.

improvisation plays

d.

of the 20th century

5.

Today we have genres that

e.

a role

6.

Jazz even

f.

time, defined as 'swing'


LISTENING GAP FILL

International Jazz Day _________________ each year on May 23. It is one day of the year when people around the world can celebrate this _________________. Jazz started in the USA and is America's only indigenous art form. Music lovers and musicians _________________ go to concerts, hold celebrations, or simply get together and listen to their favourite jazz artists. International Jazz Day _________________ by jazz musician and bandleader D. Michael Denny. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. _________________ global day of appreciation for jazz. His idea worked. It _________________ the United Nations Jazz Society. This sponsors jazz workshops and encourages musicians _________________ from their music.

Jazz _________________ beginning of the 20th century in the Southern United States. It is a combination of African and European music styles. It _________________ from West African traditional music. One expert said jazz differed from European music because it has "a special relationship to time, _________________ [and] a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role". It is ___________________ the word “jazz” came from. Many believe it was California _________________ the new music black musicians were playing in Chicago around 1915. The new music quickly grew into a wide variety of styles and a cultural phenomenon. Today we have _________________ acid jazz and jazz funk. Jazz even influences hip-hop.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

International Jazz Day is usually celebrated each year on May 23. It is __________ day of the year when people around the world can celebrate this __________ music form. Jazz started in the USA and is America's __________ indigenous art form. Music lovers and musicians around the globe go to concerts, hold celebrations, or __________ get together and listen to their favourite jazz artists. International Jazz Day was started in 1991 by __________ musician and bandleader D. Michael Denny. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. His __________ was for a global day of appreciation for jazz. His idea worked. It is now __________ by the United Nations Jazz Society. This sponsors jazz workshops and encourages musicians to make a __________ from their music.

 

 

 

simply
backed
great
one
living
jazz
aim
only

Jazz originated at the __________ of the 20th century in the Southern United States. It is a combination of African and European music __________. It has a strong influence from West African traditional music. One expert said jazz __________ from European music because it has "a special relationship to time, __________ as 'swing' [and] a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a __________". It is unclear exactly where the word “jazz” came from. Many believe it was California slang to __________ to the new music black musicians were playing in Chicago around 1915. The new music quickly __________ into a wide variety of styles and a cultural phenomenon. Today we have genres that include acid jazz and jazz funk. Jazz even __________ hip-hop.

 

 

styles
 
defined
influences
refer
beginning
role
grew
differed


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

International Jazz Day is usually / unusual celebrated each year on May 23. It is one day of the year when people around the world can celebrate this grate / great music form. Jazz started in the USA and is America's only indigenous artist / art form. Music lovers and musicians around the globe go to concerts, hold celebrations, or simply get / got together and listen to their favourite jazz artists. International Jazz Day was starting / started in 1991 by jazz musician and bandleader D. Michael Denny. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. His aim was for a globally / global day of appreciation for jazz. His idea worked. It is now forwarded / backed by the United Nations Jazz Society. This sponsors jazz workshops and encourages musicians to make a living / live from their music.

Jazz originated / origins at the beginning of the 20th century in the Southern United States. It is a combination of African and European music stylish / styles. It has a strong influence from West African traditional music. One expertise / expert said jazz differed from European music because it has "a special relationship to time, defined / definition as 'swing' [and] a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role / roll". It is unclear exactly where the word “jazz” came from. Many believe it was California slang to refer / reference to the new music black musicians were playing in Chicago around 1915. The new musician / music quickly grew into a wide variety of styles and a cultural phenomenon. Today we have genres that includes / include acid jazz and jazz funk. Jazz even influences hip-hop.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

International Jazz Day is (1) ____ celebrated each year on May 23. It is one day of the year when people around the world can celebrate this great music form. Jazz (2) ____ in the USA and is America's only indigenous art form. Music (3) ____ and musicians around the globe go to concerts, hold celebrations, or simply get together and listen to their favourite jazz artists. International Jazz Day was started in 1991 by jazz musician and bandleader D. Michael Denny. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. His (4) ____ was for a global day of appreciation for jazz. His idea worked. It is now (5) ____ by the United Nations Jazz Society. This sponsors jazz workshops and encourages musicians to make a (6) ____ from their music.

Jazz (7) ____ at the beginning of the 20th century in the Southern United States. It is a combination of African and European music (8) ____. It has a strong influence from West African traditional music. One expert said jazz differed from European music because it has "a special relationship to time, (9) ____ as 'swing' [and] a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role". It is unclear exactly where the word “jazz” came from. Many (10) ____ it was California slang to refer to the new music black musicians were playing in Chicago around 1915. The new music quickly (11) ____ into a wide variety of styles and a cultural phenomenon. Today we have genres that include acid jazz and jazz funk. Jazz even (12) ____ hip-hop.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

usually

(b)

usual

(c)

rare

(d)

sometime

2.

(a)

starts

(b)

starting

(c)

started

(d)

start-up

3.

(a)

love

(b)

loving

(c)

loved

(d)

lovers

4.

(a)

aiming

(b)

aims

(c)

aimed

(d)

aim

5.

(a)

forwarded

(b)

backed

(c)

sided

(d)

upped

6.

(a)

alive

(b)

living

(c)

lives

(d)

lifetime

7.

(a)

originated

(b)

origins

(c)

original

(d)

origin

8.

(a)

stylish

(b)

styles

(c)

style

(d)

stylist

9.

(a)

definition

(b)

define

(c)

defines

(d)

defined

10.

(a)

belief

(b)

believer

(c)

believe

(d)

beliefs

11.

(a)

grown

(b)

grows

(c)

growing

(d)

grew

12.

(a)

influences

(b)

influenced

(c)

influence

(d)

influencing


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

elbartedec each year on May 23

2.

Music rolevs and musicians

3.

jazz tastsri

4.

a gollab day of appreciation

5.

It is now ackdeb by the United Nations Jazz Society

6.

make a nglvii from their music

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Jazz rditnagioe at the beginning of the 20th century

8.

It has a nstrog influence from West African traditional music

9.

improvisation lypsa a role

10.

California angls

11.

a wide variety of syetsl

12.

eersgn that include acid jazz and jazz funk


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

worked. It is now backed by the United Nations Jazz Society. This sponsors jazz workshops

1  )

International Jazz Day is usually celebrated each year on May 23. It is one day of the year when people around the

(    )

unclear exactly where the word “jazz” came from. Many believe it was California slang to refer to the new music

(    )

'swing' [and] a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role". It is

(    )

Jazz originated at the beginning of the 20th century in the Southern United States. It is a combination of

(    )

favourite jazz artists. International Jazz Day was started in 1991 by jazz musician and bandleader D. Michael Denny. He was

(    )

world can celebrate this great music form. Jazz started in the USA and is America's only indigenous art form. Music

(    )

differed from European music because it has "a special relationship to time, defined as

(    )

on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. His aim was for a global day of appreciation for jazz. His idea

(    )

a cultural phenomenon. Today we have genres that include acid jazz and jazz funk. Jazz even influences hip-hop.

(    )

and encourages musicians to make a living from their music.

(    )

black musicians were playing in Chicago around 1915. The new music quickly grew into a wide variety of styles and

(    )

African and European music styles. It has a strong influence from West African traditional music. One expert said jazz

(    )

lovers and musicians around the globe go to concerts, hold celebrations, or simply get together and listen to their


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

May     on     year     each     celebrated     23

2.

indigenous     America's     art     only     form

3.

together     favourite     and     jazz    listen     artists    to    get     their

4.

global     of     for     a     day     appreciation     jazz

5.

musicians     music     their     from     living     a     make     to

6.

beginning    Jazz    of     originated     the     at     20th    the     century

7.

jazz     said     expert     One     music     European     from     differed

8.

role     a     plays     improvisation

9.

Many     slang     California     was     it     believe

10.

-     hip     influences     even     Jazz     hop


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about International Jazz Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about International Jazz Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________


HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about International Jazz Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Jazz Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about International Jazz Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


Copyright © 2009 by Sean Banville | Privacy Policy