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  Middle School: Visual and Performing Arts

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  • World Dance Forms (Slam Dunk) PDF | PPT*
    How does knowing about societal, cultural, historical, and community experience expand dance literacy? 



American Music

    • All That Jazz (Slam Dunk) PDF | PPT*

      How is jazz music an expression of personal experience?

    • Native Dreams: Contemporary Native American Music (ORM) CourseArc

      How is contemporary Native American music both an expression of traditional culture and a powerful force for change? 

    • Roots of American Music (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT* | Schoology Lesson**
      What were the roles of music in the lives of American enslaved and free Black people?

    • Roots of Pop, Rock, Rap & Hip Hop (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How are musical genres influenced by history, society, and personal experience? 

    • Star Spangled Inspiration (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      What does it mean to be patriotic? How is patriotism evoked in music?

    • The Blues (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How is blues music an expression of personal experience?


Choral Music

    • All Singing, All the Time (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How is a cappella singing different from accompanied singing?

    • Musical Careers (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How could music class help me to prepare for a future career?

    • Sounds of Social Change (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
      How do music and lyrics create social change?



    • The Guitar: Deconstruct and Design (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
      How do a guitar's components and anatomy influence its sound?


Instrumental Music

    • Diversity in Orchestras (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
      How are orchestras creating unity through community engagement?  
    • Instrumental Music Careers (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
      What career in instrumental music would best suit my strengths and talents?
    • Maestros Moving Mountains (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
      How does diverse representation of music conductors impact the orchestral experience? 
    • Music Time Capsule (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How does knowledge of historical context help us to better appreciate music?

World Music

    • ABBA-cadabra: The Magic of Contemporary European Music (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
      During which point in time was Europop most successful?

    • African Music (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT* 
      How is African music used as a form of communication?

    • Behind the Music of Bollywood (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      What is the role of music in Bollywood films? 

    • Chinese Opera (Slam Dunk) PDF | PPT*

      How can music represent cultural values?

    • Comparing Carnival Traditions in Latin America (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How do Latin American Carnival celebrations blend music and traditions of different groups and cultures? 

    • Music Around the World (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How does the purpose of music vary for different cultures around the world?

    • Name That Russian Music Genre (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT
      How do musical elements and instruments create the unique sounds of different Russian music genres?

    • National Anthems (ORM) CourseArc

      How are cultural values reflected in a country's national anthem?

    • Timbre (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

      How does timbre influence the character, quality, or reception of music?

Visual Arts

  • Landscapes (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT
    How do artists use the landscape to communicate their observations about ecology and the interaction of man-made materials with the natural environment?
  • Self-Portraits (Slam Dunk)  PDFPPT 
    How does an artist use art elements to create the principles of design in order to convey personal ideas?

  • Still Life (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT
    How do artists use compositional and media techniques to communicate intended effects in still life art?