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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
The Connection Between Poetry and Music
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Six 30-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 8 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
The interactive explores the ways that poets choose line breaks in their writing. After viewing the demonstration, students are invited to experiment with line breaks themselves.
Grades 4 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  April 18
Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 3
Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 8
Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 8
Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them "the blues." Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 1
Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.