First Grade high reader pull-out

September 21, 2017

For the last two weeks or so we have been involved in a novel study for the book, A Horn for Louis about the how Louis Armstrong acquired his first trumpet when he was a seven-year-old boy living in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

There were a lot of details about things that are unfamiliar to children living today in Kansas City, MO. I brought in a pair of turn-of-the-century button shoes and a button-holer to let the kids get a feel for what Louis had to experience. We borrowed a trumpet for them to hold and pretend to play, and a menorah to hold as well, which figured into the story. A kind Jewish family helped Louis get his first trumpet and also were his employers (at age 7). He celebrated Hanukkah with them. 

We listened to and watched a few minutes of Louis playing the trumpet on Youtube -- notably When the Saints Go Marching In.

The story included such details as a barrel and dipper where they got water to drink, a well-dressed, rich (gambling) man called a "sport," a shack with no heat except a coal-burning stove, and trumpet music pouring out of the doors of the businesses in Storyville, a famous section of New Orleans.  


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