Lesson Five: Understanding significant figures:
• Viewing Celia Cruz on Smithsonian Website
• Reading and discussing her comments
• Reviewing her life and her importance
• bata cubana
Begin by having students explore the SI Website.
National Museum of American History website on
2. Divide into groups:
1. Her life—significant events, world events, and how they relate to her music.
2. Her music—influences, most famous recordings, partners,
3. Her dressing room—How did her history and her life contribute to her costume?
What does her sense of costume portray?
3. Have each group be prepared to share what they
have learned with the others.
4. Read the oral history (portions if time is
short) aloud, having students take turns.
Significant Figures: Singer, Celia Cruz
Florida Internationl Library - Diaz-Ayala
What does Ms. Cruz mean when she talks about having respect for her audience?
What were her relationships with other Latin musicians?
What effect did events in Cuba have on her career? (Combine this information
with the information in lesson 2—Music and Politics)
Discuss costume and performance - how do other musicians use costume effectively
There are two lesson plans on the Celia Cruz site
in addition under Resources.