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Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra | Andrea Davis Pinkney
28 posts | 16 read | 6 to read
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
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SophieA

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“Most people called his music jazz. But Duke called it 'the music of my people.'“

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SophieA

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This is a good book to use in a classroom when you are learning about music and important people who changed music. This book gives a good, semi-in depth overview of who Duke Ellington was.

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SophieA
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Mehso-so

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This book won a Caldecott honor medal in 1999. It also won a Coretta Scott King Award. It is about the musician Duke Ellington and his life.

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StephanyNunez
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Duke Ellington is a (B) book by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. The book Duke Ellington has won the National Council of Teachers of English, Caldecott, and the Coretta Scott King award. This story is about Duke Ellington's life, experiences, accomplishments, and legacy. The book is excellent for a read-aloud (RA) because it allows having higher thinking questions and discussion. #UCFLAE3414SP21

StephanyNunez The resource below is an introduction to the biographies genre, and it can be used before reading the Duke Ellington biography. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/introducing-bi..., The UDL for this story and resource, is 3.3 (Guide information processing and visualization) ESOL strategy 28 (Provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries) #UCFLAE3414SP21 3y
DrSpalding What a creative image! English learner strategy 28 is obviously perfect for picture book biographies! Use biographies in both science and social studies! 3y
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Juliafass

“With the tunes that he and Billy wrote, Duke painted colors with his bands sound.“

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Juliafass

A great biography to learn about the greatest composer of the 20th century

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Juliafass
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What's funny is when I think of Duke Ellington now I think of Big Mouth where there is the Ghost of Duke Ellington, so it was nice to learn some real facts about him other than the fake cartoon I knew him as on the show. I'm sad that I hadn't already known about him but that's why I think these children's books are so valuable.

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Kaylasarka

“Now you've heard of the jazz-playin' man. The man with cats who could swing with his band. King of the Keys. Piano Prince. Edward Kennedy Ellington. The Duke.“

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Kaylasarka

My favorite part about this book was the colors used and the amazing illustrations that were presented!

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Kaylasarka
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Duke Ellington by Andrea David Pinkney was phenomenal! It was about a man's name who was Duke. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music “ragtime“, and soon the sound had Duke's fingers riding the piano keys. This is the story of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, the king of the keys. Amazing!

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hmarkins

“When Duke was nineteen, he was entertaining ladies and gents at parties, pool halls, country clubs, and cabarets.“

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hmarkins

This would be a great book to read to students when discussing black history month or doing an assignment about biographies.

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hmarkins
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This was a great biography of a wonderful musician.

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KevinKantola
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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is a biography book and a Caldecott award winner that is all about the legend himself. This book is also great for Black History month! I would definitely use this book for a PR. #UCFLAE3414F19

KevinKantola https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=2017

This is a great resource for this book that offers plenty of lesson plans and activities!
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KevinKantola The UDL strategy I would use is 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge to give background on Duke Ellington. The ESOL strategy I would use is teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. 5y
kgarzon What a great biography to share with your students! If the cover art is that gorgeous, I can't wait to look through the rest of the book 😍 5y
MrBook Nice!!! 5y
DrSpalding This is an excellent biography to share with students during social studies instruction! 4y
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DMoux
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This Caldecott and CSK Award winning B is full of beautiful illustrations that depict the life of one of America‘s greatest composers, Duke Ellington. With rhythmic and swinging prose, Pinkney takes the reader right into these jazzy times in history to make his story truly come alive. Ellington wrote many pieces celebrating the life of African Americans which are still significant today. RA could double this story as a history lesson as well!

DMoux https://amandersoneng311.weebly.com/read-aloud.html This link will take you straight to a lovely read aloud of this book. UDL 2.5 can be used by showing the read aloud on YouTube which illustrates this book through multiple media. ESOL 17 will provide contextual support through sharing audio visuals of this book. #ucflae3414su19 5y
DrSpalding Finding stellar read alouds for books is helpful in the classroom. While you should be modeling effective read aloud skills consistently, there is nothing wrong with sharing another person reading aloud. In a one to one classroom, you could provide the links for students to listen independently in a literacy station! 5y
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Makenziebrumfield

“The King of the keys, piano prince. Edward Kennedy Ellington, the Duke.”

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Makenziebrumfield

My favorite aspect of this book is how the author began the story with a set of rhyming sentences and then ended the story with a set of rhyming sentences. This sort of “begins” and “ends” the book in a fun and more meaningful way.

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Makenziebrumfield
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Genre: Biography
This is a moving story that takes you on the journey of Duke Ellington‘s musical career, and how it all began. I love the meaning behind this book about African American heritage and appreciation.

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kayleaallison

“With the tunes that he and Billy wrote, Duke painted colors with his bands sound.”

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kayleaallison
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I really like the pictures in this book.

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kayleaallison
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Duke Ellington is about the life of the famous jazz musician. This book is full of colorful pictures that make the book fun and interesting.

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misshawksbooklist
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I love this part because it goes along perfectly with the illustrations and shows how great of an artist Duke really was!

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misshawksbooklist
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These illustrations are incredible!! The colors and movement of the work is like seeing the music that those people were hearing!! Breathtaking!!

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misshawksbooklist
Pickpick

Published in 1998 and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, this biography about Duke Ellington is riveting in his story about becoming a musician. The illustrations are incredible and bring to life his story! The author provides a time and place to set the story and provide authenticity and accuracy within. It is filled with sources, important blurbs, and other information to detail his life!

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AshleyC
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By: Andrea David Pinkney- Biography
Award: Caldecott Medal
Vibrant picture book! A story about one of the greatest composers, Duke Ellington, and his journey toward his musical success. This book has wonderful illustration, bringing every picture to life! This book can certainly be used in the classroom for many interactive activities. This book works for RA, S, AS, RT, DR strategies.

AshleyC Musical, visual, and kinesthetic intelligences can be used while creating an activity for this book. I found http://amhistory.si.edu/ourstory/pdf/jazz/jazz_reading.pdf which was an amazing lesson for the student and PARENT! Share some fun with mom or dad as well. It demonstrates prior knowledge and during reading thinking questions. A UDL strategy that pairs well with this plan is 9.3- Develop self-assessment and reflection. An EL strategy would 6y
AshleyC be 46- Use discovery learning activities. 6y
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BriannaR
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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra is a nonfiction story written by Andrea Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. This biography explains how Ellington became an advocate for jazz. This would be a great book to introduce to students during music class when learning about jazz or during black history month when learning about all the African Americans who helped shaped society today. #UCFLAE3414SP18

BriannaR The UDL strategy that I would use would be 2.5 because I would play his music in the classroom to let students hear what music was like in the 50s and 60s. I would use this book with RA, DR, IR, and S. Along with EL strategies like numbers 30, 46, and 45. 6y
BriannaR This is a lesson plan for various subjects on how to incorporate Duke Ellington and other jazz musicians into the classroom https://www.teachervision.com/music-styles/jazz-talk-show 6y
WendyV Wow I really like all of your ideas on how to use this book with in your classroom. I like the idea of playing his music as a UDL strategy! 6y
DrSpalding Wonderful choice Brianna. It is nonfiction however because it is about a person, it would actually be a… What? Excellent job with your strategies and principles. (edited) 6y
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Radams
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#ucflae3414f17 Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is a vividly colorful Caldecott award winning biography about one of America‘s greatest composers, Edward (Duke) Kennedy Ellington. This book would be a great addition to classroom libraries grades 3-5. Students can learn all about this amazing composer as well as African American history and culture!

Radams I think Shared Reading would be a good teaching strategy to use with this book. During the SR activity UDL 3.2 ‘highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships‘ can be applied to enhance comprehension. EL 9 ‘teach note-taking strategies: T-lists, time lines etc.‘ can also be used in the SR lesson. teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=2017 has several great resources for teachers to use with this title! 7y
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LaurenMcl
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This is a Caldecott Honor book was written by Andrea Pinkney, and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. This is a wonderfully illustrated biographical book on the jazz legend, Duke Ellington. It is clear why it was in the running for such a highly regarded award! Learn more about the author here. http://andreadavispinkney.com/about/
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HeyMsBowen One of my favorite musicians!! As a music educator, I'd LOVE to give my kids this knowledge!!! 7y
EthanH Brian Pinkney does a lot of illustrations for Black Literature. Check out some of his other works of you enjoyed this. 7y
DrSpalding The whole Pinkney family is so talented! 7y
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