Education Guide by Paddy Bowman

The goals of this guide are to:

The guide features a unit on each artist profiled in the book and a variety of worksheets that provide scaffolding for an array of approaches for applying the content. Each unit includes background information for educators, student objectives, potential big ideas or themes where the unit might fit, subject areas, preparation, class discussion prompts , suggested activities, a list of student products to use in assessment, a vocabulary list, a short summary of standards, and resources.

The following descriptions of the worksheets show some of the ways that educators may use Everyday Music to enhance their existing curricula.

Just as ethnographers such as Alan Govenar keep their field notes, photographs, maps, and artifacts in a portfolio, students will benefit from creating Everyday Music portfolios, which provide authentic assessment and give students a place to store all their work. They can use notebooks, accordion files, or back issues of magazines such as Texas Monthly or Texas Highways. Their portfolios can reflect students' main interests as well as goals for what the teacher wants students to get from this unit of study. Students may also use digital portfolios. Students can synthesize their portfolios for a final grade or turn contents into a culminating project.

As students enjoy this journey, they will also discover that their own traditions, music, and stories are part of history and contribute to a dynamic, living traditional culture.