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The History Behind Song Lyrics
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Seven 50-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
To prepare for literature circles featuring historical novels, students research the decades of the 1930s to the 1990s and share their information using Prezi, a web application for creating multimedia presentations.
Grades 5 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.
Grades 7 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Students compile a playlist of 10 songs representing a literary character and explain their choices based on the book’s dialogue, plot, conflict, and resolution.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 25
Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
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 7 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
High school teacher Jerome Evans makes popular culture an integral part of his courses. Through analyzing themes in song lyrics, rhetorical devices in essays and advertisements, and psychology in contemporary film, students improve their skills in critical thinking and writing.