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Ella Fitzgerald – Educational Lesson - Level 2

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As one of the greatest jazz singers who ever lived, Ella Fitzgerald is famous for her amazing performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Deemed the "First Lady of Song", Ella Fitzgerald enjoyed a fabulous career spanning over 50 years and continues to make her mark on jazz lovers of all ages. Students will be fascinated by Fitzgerald's rise to fame in a world where black performers experienced tough breaks and bigotry. Moreover, they won't be able to put down these interesting reading comprehension lessons and questions describing her life and work.

Three fun facts about Ella Fitzgerald:

  • Her fame began with her recording of the nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket”: one million copies of the recording were sold.
  • She sang with Chick Webb’s band at the famous Savoy Theater in Harlem.
  • Marilyn Monroe got her a position at the Mocambo nightclub and sat in the front row for every one of Ella’s performances. 

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level Two

An excellent choice for students with a better command of reading this lesson will contain one fact-filled reading comprehension lesson of approximately 350 words with ten questions to ensure a strong understanding of the lesson. You will also receive an answer key.

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