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Christmas season is a great time to learn about Georg Frideric
Handel and his Oratorio, "Messiah." Here's a
short unit on Handel that that I created using The
Checklist as a planning guide. The items in bold are taken
from The Checklist.
Composers and Musicians of the World - Georg Frideric Handel,
Germany, 1685-1759 (page 172).
- biography of Handel.
for Kids - Handel.
last will and image.
historical events at the time of King George II (page
62 - write in) and Handel's Messiah.
(Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) by Mike
Venezia. An easy-to-read biography of George Frideric
Handel. ISBN: 0516445391. Gr. 1-5
and the Court of Kings
and by Opal Wheeler. A wonderful children's book about
Handel written in the 1940s. It is currently out of print.
If you can find a copy, you'll want to get it for your
- write a report or biography of Handel. Use Famous
Person Report, if desired.
for Kids activity sheets.
for Fun: The
Handel's Messiah Family Advent Reader
by Donna W. Payne. The 'Handel's Messiah Family Advent
Reader' provides daily readings that are biblically-based
and culturally rich. With intriguing stories explaining
well-known Christmas customs, each reading features a
different portion of the libretto from Handel's Messiah
and offers a spiritual insight that links the story to
an important principle. Includes a CD with portions of
Handel's Messiah. ISBN 0802455743.
History of Music - Baroque Period (page 171)
to Music of All Types (Music Appreciation), page 170
Culture Study: Modern England (pg. 57)
Reports and Fact
File on England.
of London (page 60).
Report: England. Create a country report on Modern England
using The Checklist (page 57) as a guideline
as to what to include in the report.
Puzzle of London.
out maps for Germany, Italy, and England. Label the
capital, major mountains ranges, waterways, & cities.
Include a compass rose and map key.
Map Skills - Countries of the World & Major Religions
(pg. 75): Germany and Italy
of Europe. Label Germany, Italy, and England.
Me Printout, Germany.
Me Printout, Italy (must subscribe $20/yr).
and color the flag
and color the flag
and color the German
Spy. Select Countries Game and then move Crossbar
over the area of Europe.
Pumpkin." Paint the countries of
England, Germany and Italy, red.
Musical Instruments and Their Families, Keyboard Instruments:
Piano, Accordian, Organ (page 170, write in "clavichord"
to a Harpsichord.
to an Organ.
to a Piano.
the question: Which one do you like best? Why?
Trip: Go to a live concert featuring one of these instruments.
Music Forms - Oratorio (write in)
are basically operas without costumes and scenery. In them,
a chorus of singers tells a story by singing it to the audience.
Usually the story is taken from the Bible. Messiah is Handel's
best known oratorio):
Audio of Handel's Messiah.
by Douglas Cowling.Thomas, 48 pages. A read aloud picture
story of a street child with a beautiful voice and Handel's
Messiah. ISBN 0439058503. Gr. 1-5.
God's Purpose for Music.
up the terms "music, song, sing" in a topical
the question, why did God create music?
does Handel's "Messiah" achieve God's purpose?