MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Duke Ellington and the Rise of Jazz in New York - 4th Grade Adaptation


How did Duke Ellington help transform popular American music?

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand what makes jazz music “jazz”
  • Understand how the African American experience is reflected in the music that Duke Ellington popularizes
  • Become familiar with the particular achievements of Duke Ellington

Essential Questions:

  • How is a community defined?
  • How was the African American community defined?

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