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Ma Rainey - Biography.com

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Whether your music class is studying the Blues or your academic classes are studying Black History, Ma Rainey is one important person to know. Known as the "Mother of the ...more
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Whether your music class is studying the Blues or your academic classes are studying Black History, Ma Rainey is one important person to know. Known as the "Mother of the Blues," she was an influencer to three generations of artists from Langston Hughes, to Bessie Smith, to Alice Walker. Read this article to find out more about Ma Rainey.

tag(s): african american (96), artists (75), black history (98), blues (20)

In the Classroom

Introduce this article and enhance student learning by using Read Ahead, reviewed here, to highlight important sections, keywords, and create a vocabulary list. Next, have students read the biography in pairs, and further enhance student learning by asking them to use Edji, reviewed here, to highlight famous songs, people, bands, and others mentioned in the article. Then, have pairs or small groups use Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to summarize their reading. At this point, students could do a little research on a person or band mentioned in the article and report their findings to their peers using Genially, reviewed here. With Genially, students can insert maps, audio, video, and more. You may also want to have your students listen to the "Black Bottom" song by Ma Rainey, reviewed here.

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