The America’s Musical Journey Educator Guide, created by
Discovery Place Education Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, in partnership with MacGillivary Freeman Films and Brand USA, is appropriate for students in the primary grades (K–8). The guide is most useful when used as a companion to the film, but also valuable as a resource on its own. Teachers are strongly encouraged to adapt activities included in this guide to support specific state or national standards and the needs of their students. Activities developed for this guide support national Common Core ELA standards and C3 social studies standards. This guide focuses on the significant historic and cultural movements in American music highlighted by the film, but educators will find that America’s Musical Journey features many other content areas such
as language arts, geography, math, and fine arts. All lesson plans and activities are designed in the STEM learning style. Lessons challenge students to learn through experiential modeling, investigating claims, forming theories, and testing ideas. In addition to eight ELA and Social Studies lessons, two Science Extension lessons are included in the guide. These lessons help guide teachers to connect America’s Musical Journey to math and the science of sound. At the end of the guide, teachers can find additional resources to assist with cross-curricular planning.