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LESSON PLAN Bassett

Date: Class: 7th Grade Unit: Baroque


Composers

LESSON TOPIC: Handel’s Messiah

STANDARDS: National: Re7.2.7b, Re9.1.7a, Pr6.1.7a


State: 9.1.8ac, 9.2.8abcdej, 9.3.8ad
OBJECTIVES: Students will compare two different versions of Handel’s Messiah to
identify their musical similarities and differences

Students will identify key points of Handel’s life.

DO-NOW: Write down 1 thing you have learned about the Baroque Era this far in
the quarter.

MAIN Students will be introduced to G. F. Handel.


ACTIVITY: Students will listen to a radio show about Handel and write down 6 facts about
his life.
Students will review what they have learned about Handel through a Listening
Check of 6 questions.
Students will listen to the original Hallelujah Chorus, and then a Gospel
Version.
While listening, Students will write down words to describe the songs timbre,
texture, tempo, dynamics, and mood.
Students will then fill in a Venn diagram using the words they listed to examine
the similarities and differences between the two versions.
Students will discuss these findings as a class.

CLOSING: Students will perform a rhythmic accompaniment to “Play that Song” using body
percussion.

ASSESSMENT: Informal: Classroom discussion/participation.


Formal: Worksheet completion.

MATERIALS: PowerPoint presentation, Projector, Speakers, Laptop, Handel’s Messiah


Worksheet and Focused Listening Worksheet.


Name: _______________________________________

Handel’s Messiah

Section 1: Handel’s life.

In this section list 6 facts you learn about Handel as the radio show plays.

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3.

4.

5.

6.


Section 2: Describing the Messiah

Using your focused listening worksheet, or other words you know, describe the
music that you hear. List as many words as you can think of.

Version1 - Original Version 2 - Gospel

Version 1 - Original Version 2 - Gospel



Focused Listening
Name _____________________________________________Date_______________

Selection 1 MOOD:
Information

Title: Happy
Sad
Composer:
Excited
Dates: Angry
Spooky
Adagio Andante Moderato Allegro Presto Vivace Romantic
Tempo
(Super Slow ---------------------------------------------------Very Fast) Peaceful
Forte Mezzo-Forte Mezzo-Piano Piano Contrast Majestic
Dynamics
Analysis

Loud ----------------------------------------Soft (Mix of both) Serious


Woodwinds Brass Strings Percussion Voices Light
Timbre Primarily Featured: Dark
Calm
Texture Solo (1) Duet (2) Trio (3) Quartet(4) Ensemble (5+)
Funny
Mysterious
My opinion of this piece (Use Complete Sentences):
Triumphant
Evaluation

Vengeful
Sorrowful
Melancholy