Lesson Plan

Research a Composer

independent reading with Epic, collaboration in Google
Marcia Anne R.
Classroom teacher
Stamford American Internatioanl School
Singapore, Singapore
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts

Students will evaluate written sources about famous composers to determine the main ideas.

Students will present information about their composer to the class, accurately crediting their sources. 

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 – 5
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Project the 3-minute video about Beethoven's life for students to watch. After the video, ask students to turn and talk to a partner, discussing what they think are the top 3 main events in Beethoven's life. 

Have partners share out their ideas for the whole group, justifying their reasoning in choosing these three events. As a class, vote to determine a final list for the top 3 events of Beethoven's life. 

Afterwards, project a correct citation for the video as an example for the students, highlighting the different aspects that they will need to complete in their own citations. 


Explain that students are going to evaluate the main ideas in written resources about composers. 

Ask students to log in to Epic! and access my collection about composers. In groups of 3 or 4, they can choose a composer and begin to read through a book. 

While students are reading, the teacher will roam and check for understanding. 


While reading, one student in the group should make a list of key words from the text in a Google doc. After reading the book, all of the students can work together to add more key words and prioritize them. Once students have selected the most important key words, they should use Google Slides to create a different slide for each word and explain how it relates to the composer's life. Each student will present one of the slides later in the lesson, so the group should delegate individual responsibility. The groups should add a final slide with an accurate citation of their source.

The teacher will monitor progress and provide assistance (if necessary) throughout this step. 


Students will share their presentations in Google Classroom so the teacher can project them for the whole class. 

Each student will read their key word, justify their reasoning for choosing it, and explain how it connects to the life of the composer. 

After the presentations, students will still have access to all of the Google slides. Those who would like to learn more about the composers can use the citations to guide their further reading on Epic.