Yesterday, Katherine Schulten, the extraordinary editor of The New York Times Learning Network, sent out a tweet about an amazing interactive of the Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden Of Earthly Delights.”
It is indeed amazing, and provides audio support for the text, which makes it even more accessible to ELLs.
It got me wondering if my students could do a project researching and sharing the oldest examples of their home culture’s music?
I did a quick online search, and there certainly are many examples. At the bottom of this post, I’ve embedded videos of ancient Mesoamerican and Arab music.
So, I’m thinking of asking students to research their culture’s music, make a short report on the instruments used and the role of music in their ancient culture, explain what it sounds like to them and what they visualize when they hear it, and then play it for the class.
What do you think? Do you have ideas on how I can make the lesson a better one for both learning about history and for language development?
It’s from PBS, and is a great one for IB Theory of Knowledge teachers when exploring the arts.
Even more interesting – to me, at least – is how it can applied to an understanding of “close reading.” I suspect David Coleman, the primary author of the Common Core Standards, would not necessarily agree with what the video says about the critical importance of context…