Elvis Presley:The Early Years lesson plan
Elvis Presley, or better known as simply Elvis, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. Even after his untimely death, this Mississippian still remains a pop icon. He rose from a humble beginning in Mississippi to launch a rock and roll revolution with his charismatic stage presence and distinctive voice. His musical career earned him the undisputed title of “The King of Rock and Roll” and in death he is still affectionately referred to as “The King.” No other 20th century entertainer has been talked about or written about more than Mississippi native Elvis Presley.
Mississippi Social Studies Framework: Competencies 6.
Grades 7 through 12
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
OPENING THE LESSON
Ask students to define the term pop or cultural icon. Lead students to understand that a pop or cultural icon is a celebrity whose popularity remains constant or even increases as time goes by and even after their death. Tell students that in class today they will learn about one Mississippian who holds the status of pop icon. Ask students if they can name this Mississippian. You will probably have some students who suggest Elvis Presley. Ask students to suggest reasons why Elvis Presley is a pop icon. List the student responses in a web format on the chalk board or an overhead transparency.
DEVELOPING THE LESSON
Organize the class into groups of two or three. After organizing the groups, have each student copy the chart found below into their notebooks. After copying the chart, have students read the Mississippi History Now article on Elvis. After the students have completed the reading, instruct students to list on their charts what they think are five key events in the life of Elvis Presley. Students should also list the reason why each event was influential or significant in the life of Presley. Once the students have completed the chart ask student volunteers to share the information they have listed on the chart. As the students share their information, the teacher can record the events on the chalkboard or overhead. The teacher can lead a discussion about Presley's life as the students share their information.
The Life of Elvis Presley
CLOSING THE LESSON
Staying with an artistic approach, have students write an acrostic poem about Elvis Presley. Remind students that to write an acrostic poem, they will write Elvis' name vertically. Students can use Elvis' full name (Elvis Aron Presley) or use just his first name (Elvis) or the title, “The King,” to write their poem. Each letter in the name or title will be used as a prompt to write a statement about the life and career of Elvis. After completing the poems, allow student volunteers to share their poems with the class.
Examples of acrostic poems:
E lvis revolutionizes pop music
ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING
EXTENDING THE LESSON
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