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Marian Anderson – Educational Lesson - Level 1

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Marian Anderson was the very first African American opera singer. She accomplished many great things in the world of opera, but few know about her achivements during the Harlem Renaissance musically and racially. Students will find this read comprehension lesson about the great opera singer Marian Anderson fascinating along with the questions about her life. 

Three fun facts about Marian Anderson:

  • The Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. simply because she was black.
  • She sang for 75,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday in 1939.
  • She was the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level One

Perfect for students starting to read full paragraphs. Level one lesson contains two short reading comprehension lessons approximately sixty plus words with three questions each as well as the answer key.

Enjoy the videos on Marian Anderson below


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