Crossing Borders/Breaking Boundaries IV:
The Impact of Islamic Culture on the Arts of the Renaissance
July 19-26, 2004
Lesson: Flamenco and its Origins
Name: Shannon Plantholt
School: Cherry Hill Middle School-Cecil County
Grades taught: 6th-8th grade
Grades suitable: Lesson Suitable for all grades
Discipline: General Music
Length of lesson: 1 day-80 minute class (I meet every other day) possibly part of another class
Big Idea: The transference of ideas from the Islam: Are the origins really what we think they are?
Maryland Learner Outcomes:
This lesson is intended to challenge students’ beliefs about the origins of Flamenco music. The lesson is also intended to show how the Islamic influence on Spain led to Flamenco music and its development.
Materials: Flamenco music CD, Gregorian chant CD, Video of Belly Dancing, Video of Strictly Ballroom, Islamic designs worksheet, construction paper, glue, scissors, small poster board, markers, colored pencils, and the following websites:
Warm-up/opener: Discussion and writing in journal about Flamenco.
Discussion: little background on history, but not too much
Paper cutting activity: create a design or coloring of Islamic designs on handout.
Final assessment: poster of Flamenco history, verbal questioning; Possibly a pop quiz next class.
the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies
and the Maryland State Department of Education