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The History Behind Song Lyrics

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The History Behind Song Lyrics

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






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  1. Decide whether to choose students’ final project or to have students selecting their own projects. Arrange for computer time if any of the final projects require technology.
  2. Make appropriate copies of Song Lyrics, Interview Guidelines, Research Questions, Project Ideas, Rubric, and Self-Reflection.
  3. Test the Online Chart Tool on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page. If you use any of the other online student tools, test those as well to ensure that they work properly on your machines.
  4. Familiarize yourself with some of the ReadWriteThink interactive presentation tools students might use in their final projects. They may choose from the Printing Press, Stapleless Book, Multigenre Mapper, Graphic Map, or Interactive Timeline.

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