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Scott Joplin, composer of “The Entertainer” and “The Maple Leaf Rag,” was the King of Ragtime. Yet, when he died in 1917 at about age 49, he was nearly forgotten. His remarkable biography is told in the style of a graphic novel, with colorful storyboards filled with facts, fun, and links to bonus materials.

“…the most important educational work on a composer who has been badly underrepresented…”

David A. Mallette, Director of Operations, Regional Music Heritage Center, Texarkana AR/TX

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Printables

This bundle contains all 6 printable Scott Joplin units. These activites can standalone, but are ideal as companions to The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin book.

Scott Joplin, composer of “The Entertainer” and “The Maple Leaf Rag,” was the King of Ragtime. Yet, when he died in 1917 at about age 49, he was nearly forgotten. Here are 3 printable activities to help frame the overview of this remarkable composer.

  • Biography notebook page
  • Word search featuring key words from Joplin’s life
  • Sheet music artwork design, featuring one of Joplin’s songs

Read more about The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin here.

Scott Joplin, published his #1 hit, “The Maple Leaf Rag,” in 1899. In these three activities, you will learn more about this famous song.

  • Crossword puzzle
  • How Many Words puzzle
  • Making a Living as a Musician in 1899

Read more about The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin here.

Scott Joplin wrote “The Crush Collision March” shortly after an intentional crash of two massive locomotives. (It was a publicity stunt that went very wrong!) There are three activities about the Crush Collision.

  • Unscramble (vocabulary words)
  • Morse Code puzzle (as used by the railroad)
  • Design a cover for the sheet music

Read more about The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin  here.

Scott Joplin often wrote music about things going on in the world, including politics. These activities feature how Mr. Joplin was influenced by Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington.

  • Writing prompt
  • Unscramble (vocabulary words)
  • Word Search

Read more about The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin here.

Scott Joplin worked his entire life to write opera. His frustration and disappointment weighed heavy on his heart. The three activities for this unit are:

  • Poetry (based on the lyrics in his opera)
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Writing prompt (making difficult choices)

Read more about The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin here.

When Scott Joplin died, he was mostly forgotten. In the years after his passing, his music has reached great popularity. His creative genius has been acknowledged in many unique ways. The three activities for this unit are:

  • Timeline
  • Word search (with a hidden message)
  • Build a memorial

Read more about The Strenuous Life of Scott Joplin here.


Here’s a fun way to introduce any student to music! These lessons (Skill Sets) are for general music education or may be used as a supplement to any instrumental or vocal method book. Ideal for classroom, private music studio or homeschool. FREE!

  • The full-color cartoon lesson
  • Detailed helps for teacher/parent
  • Game
  • 2 Activity Pages
  • Bonus: Lesson Journal/Assignment page
  • and more!

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