Upper Grade Rhythmic Concepts and Spirituals
So, I started my unit on spirituals. It is something I enjoy and once the students learn some of the songs they learn to love them as well. (Their favorite spiritual so far is Wade in the Water.) It is very soulful and it speaks to them. As we learn these songs, we discuss how spirituals often express a topic or topics that can be narrowed down into four categories: songs about work, freedom, religion and recreation (or play). I go back to these topics with each new song.I have created an anchor chart below that you are welcome to download and use in your own study of spirituals.