Billy Strayhorn

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William “Billy” Strayhorn was an African-American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and manager. Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915, in Dayton, Ohio.

Strayhorn is one of the greatest composers that lived during the Harlem Renaissance. He collaborated with Duke Ellington for over 30 years and produced some of the best pieces in musical history. Some of the songs that he wrote for Ellington were "Take the 'A' Train" (1939), "Something to Live For" (1939), "Chelsea Bridge" (1941), and"Lotus Blossom" (1959). Strayhorn will go down in history as one of the greatest composers and songwriters. He died on May 31, 1967, in New York City from esophageal cancer and his ashes were scattered in the Hudson River.  

The lessons are on four different levels

  • Level 1 - Kindergarten & 1st grades (two-page worksheet)
  • Level 2 - 2nd and 3rd Grades - 2 reading lesson (125 -150)
  • Level 3 – 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades - Reading lesson (350 - 375 words)
  • Level 4 – 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades - Reading Lesson (500 – 525 words) 

Lesson Description: 

All the lessons are common core and Level 2, 3 & 4 have additional advance assignments for the students.

These Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions for Guided Reading Levels are designed to help students learn to read carefully and to find evidence to support their answers to text-based questions.

The increasing complexity of these passages helps make differentiation efficient and effective. These passages are ideal for use during small group instruction, intervention lessons, close reading lessons, and fluency work and as assessments, as homework or as morning work.

Lesson Components:

Lesson plan includes the following components:

  • Puzzle
  • Vocabulary
  • Infographic
  • Reading comprehension
  • Fun Facts/Interesting Facts
  • Questions (critical thinking, short answer, multiple choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blanks, mix and match, and opinion, and more) 

Lesson Access:

Lesson plans are available for digital download. Multiple users (schools and organizations) must purchase a license or subscription to gain unlimited access to the lessons.

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