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Louis Armstrong – Educational Lesson - SL

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Epitomizing jazz music and the cool blare of a wailing trumpet, Louis Armstrong once performed at Harlem's own Connie Inn and was readily accepted by white society in the early to mid-20th century. Although it was unusual for black performers to be embraced by whites at the time, Louis Armstrong deftly crossed the color line due to his talent, personality and charm. Students will take a natural interest in the reading comprehension lessons on three different reading levels about Louis Armstrong and enjoy answering questions about Armstrong's association with Jazz music, Harlem and his place in their history.

Three fun facts about Louis Armstrong:

  • He always said he was born on July 4, 1900, but his real birth date was August 4, 1901.
  • When he was twelve years old, he fired a gun full of blanks in the air on New Year’s Eve and was sent to an orphanage.
  • He toured foreign countries but refused to do so as a representative of the United States because of racism in the South.

Harlem Roots Supplemental Lesson

People learn in many different ways. One of the best ways to ensure that every lesson is forever remembered is by purchasing the supplemental lesson for each lesson. All of the supplemental lessons will contain three different activities to help build an understanding of the topic, and help reinforce what they have learned.

  • With your supplemental lesson, you can expect to receive a vocabulary list which will feature ten words and their definitions as they are related to the text for the student to do.
  • For easy learning you will also enjoy ten fun facts that pertain to the lesson.
  • In addition to these tools, every supplemental lesson you also contain one word search puzzle.

Enjoy the videos on Louis Armstrong below

Pay a visitor to the Louis Armstrong House Museum 


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