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Running head: CONTENT LESSON PLAN #1

Content Lesson Plan #1


Ottawa University
EDU 34600 Specialized Methods/Practicum
Bridget ONeill
Joshua Keller
October 23, 2016

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CONTENT LESSON PLAN #1
Introduction
This lesson focuses on beginning guitar articulation. The students will be required to
demonstrate the four most common types of guitar articulation: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides,
and string-bends. Care will be taken when demonstrating these techniques in order to show their
usage and develop students technique properly. They will apply these techniques to familiar
music they are already working on, so that they may focus on the learning of this new technique
instead of having to divide their focus on learning new music and the articulation.

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CONTENT LESSON PLAN #1

OTTAWA UNIVERSITY
TEACHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
LESSON PLAN OUTLINE
Level 1
Name: Joshua Keller
Date: October 23, 2016
School: Raymond S. Kellis High School

Grade Level: 9-12


Approximate length of time: 15 to 30 minutes
Subject: Group Guitar

Title: Articulation
Unit Goal: Learn the different types of articulation on guitar and how to apply them within pieces
of music where appropriate.
STANDARD, BENCHMARK, INDICATOR(S):
Common Core:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language
functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more
fully when reading or listening.
State Standards:
MU.PR.6.HI.5a: Perform with expression and technical accuracy in individual performances of a
varied repertoire of music that includes melodies, repertoire pieces, and chordal accompaniments,
demonstrating understanding of the audience and the context.
MU.PR.5.HI.5a: Apply teacher-provided criteria to critique individual performances of a varied
repertoire of music that includes melodies, repertoire pieces, and chordal accompaniments selected for
performance, and apply practice strategies to address performance challenges and refine the
performances.
WHAT IS (ARE) THE LEARNING OBJECTIVE(S) FOR THIS LESSON?
The student will be able to demonstrate the four most common guitar articulations using provided
exercises at an appropriate level and tempo.
HOW WILL YOU ASSESS STUDENT LEARNING?
The students will be observed while playing the exercises after a period of practice. This should
be accomplishable within one or two class periods where they will be tested individually.
WHAT MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT, AND RESOURCES ARE NECESSARY TO TEACH THIS
LESSON?

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The students will need their guitars, picks, all other necessary guitar accessories, a music stand,
their guitar method book currently being used for the class (any book will be fine), and a pencil.

WHAT ADAPTATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED?


Because this is a beginning group guitar class, consideration for individual student performance
will be given. Expectations for performance will vary based on prior student ability.

WHAT EVIDENCE-BASED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES WILL BE USED?


Direct instruction will be utilized. Students are encouraged to work together to solve
and give feedback.
WHAT QUESTIONS NEED TO BE CONSIDERED DURING THE LESSON?
What prerequisite skills and/or knowledge are required for this lesson?
This lesson is to be implemented after the students have oriented themselves with the guitar and
can play a majority of the notes required of them in the first book of their instruction. This lesson can be
utilized in a variety of places, as it does not require the students to be any more advanced than this.
Reading is important at this stage, but advanced reading skills will not be necessary to be successful and
can be adapted to the learner.
How will you check for understanding throughout this lesson?
Understanding of the material will be directly assessed. They will be demonstrating their abilities
in front of the instructor as both a group and individually. The teacher will be looking for beginner
appropriate level of play and ability.
From here on, write as if you are talking to the children/students.
FOCUSING EVENT (BASED ON THE PRE-REQUISITE SKILLS AND/OR KNOWLEDGE)
Hello and good morning/afternoon! Today we will be focusing our attention on the four main
articulations on the guitar. Does anyone know what articulation means?
(Wait for responses)
Sometimes, when playing music, it is not so much about what is played, but how it is played. There are
many ways of phrasing a sentence and giving words different meaning by saying them in alternative
ways. In the same regards, music can have a changed meaning by using different forms of articulation.

PURPOSE (THE WHY OF THE LESSON)

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The objectives today are for all of you to try out and begin to understand these four different articulations
on the guitar. For some of you, this may be entirely new information. For others, this will offer a more
indepth look at a subject you are already familiar with.

DELIVERY OF INFORMATION
We will be looking at the examples written on the board and work with them as a class.
1. We will first discuss and examine the different symbols for each of the articulations including
slides, legato (hammer-ons and pull-offs), and bends.
2. After each of the examples, we will play them together as a class and discuss their different
sounds.
3. Students will be required to apply at least two of the articulations to music they are currently
working on and write them into their books.
4. The students will also be required to demonstrate the articulations outside of their books using
simple one or two measure examples provided on the board.
MODELING/DEMONSTRATION/SKILL CUES
The teacher will play the examples in front of the class several times and give cues on the
expectations for their performance. The examples should be presented clearly and with
appropriate timing and tempo.
As an important note, articulation does not change rhythm. This should be demonstrated well and
discussed with the students.
GUIDED PRACTICE
Students will work together in small groups to apply these techniques to the examples they are
currently working on. The teacher will observe and make suggestions as necessary.
INDEPENDENT PRACTICE/EXTENSIONS AND REFINEMENTS
Students will continue to work together after the teacher has given them specific instructions on
their pieces.
CLOSURE/WRAP-UP (ENDING THE LESSON)
Good job today, class. We were able to to learn the four most common types of articulation on the
guitar today: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends. These techniques will be useful to you the
more you practice them and can be applied in many situations. They are often a welcome addition
to playing that can enhance the music, creating a more interesting listening experience for your
audience.
REVIEW, EVALUATE, AND REFLECT
To be determined after delivering lesson.