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This is a AP Modern Fine Arts and Literature Unit on Igor Stravinsky


Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies  



Title – Fine Arts – Stravinsky
By – John Haslett
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Music, Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 12

Note from This lesson plan is very dependent on current technology, websites and videos. It is not our policy to post lesson plans that will quickly become outdated, but since Stravinsky is a popular subject, we feel that other similar resources should be available to you in libraries and on the internet for substitution in case these sites become unavailable. Content:

  • Language Arts
  • Technology Skills


  • Inquiry and Research — All students will define and investigate important issues and problems using a variety of resources, including technology, to explore and create texts.
  • Technology Problem and Decision-Making Tools — By the end of grade 12, each student will use a variety of technology resources for problem solving and independent learning.

Learning Resources and Materials:

    For all Learners:

Development of Lesson:


        There is a list of 20th Century composers and authors that have had such a major influence on their particular “art” – that their names have become emblems of their disciplines and genres. In this unit, we will study Igor Stravinsky’s impact on the fine art of music.


      Unit I: Music — Igor Stravinsky (1882 — 1971) — Three Lessons


        Lesson 1:

        • On the internet, go to this website:

          Review this enchanting biography — complete with links to his major works.
        • Then listen to at least three of his compositions and meditate on:
          • Why he left Russia,
          • Why he left France, and
          • Why he feuded with Schopenhauer.
        • Using the downloadable evaluation tool schrockwebevalsec.doc , evaluate all websites toward creating a web evaluation summary document.



        Lesson 3:

        • Writing longhand or using MS Word, create an essay describing your opinion of:
          1. Why Stravinsky is considered to be the major classical composer of the 20th Century?
          2. Why this ballet caused a riot of such proportions in its first public performance in Paris in 1913, that the police had to be called to restore order — and they couldn’t?
          3. What “The Rite of Spring” ballet is about?
        • Also create an MS Word document that is a summary of all the websites visited and evaluated. Name this summary: WebsiteEvaluationSummary.doc



      • Use Internet Explorer or your favorite web browser.
      • For the essay, write in longhand or use MS Word — spell check, grammar check, and write for clarity. Write short, clear sentences that contain one idea or subject. If you are unsure about how to do this, read any short story by Ernest Hemingway. If you want to write a prose piece – write, as if you are reading the most wonderful words that you have ever read.



      • Four female students have mild learning disorders related to deficiencies in written language skills and often need to spend a significant amount of time rewriting a passage to communicate an idea clearly. They also possess a “fine motor skill” disability that impairs their ability to write legibly.
      • I am encouraging these four students to use the MS Word word-processing program loaded with the “Word-Prediction” software add-in component to reduce the amount of keystrokes needed
        • to create a document,
        • to assist in the spelling for the document, and
        • to assist in word-choice.



        Student Measurement will be assessed by:

        1. written and oral examinations
        2. practicum (practical assignments)
        3. instructor evaluation
        4. attendance
        5. class participation



      At the end of Lesson 3, after the essays have been submitted by the students and reviewed by the instructor, the instructor will meet with each student to discuss their individual work and their evaluation.

Teacher Reflection:

    After the student meetings, the instructor will re-evaluate the assignment and its components for the purpose of refining its parts and direction towards meeting educational content and technology standards and benchmarks.

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