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Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories

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Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories

Grades 5 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps






  • Johnís Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon by Dorren Rappaport (Hyperion, 2004)
  • Book making/binding supplies (as well as heavy-weight paper/cardstock for book pages)
  • Art supplies for book making

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


Book Cover Creator

Grades   K – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Book Cover Creator

The Book Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate front book covers, front and back covers, and full dust jackets. Students can use the tool to create new covers for books that they read as well as to create covers for books they write individually or as a class.


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RWT Cover Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Cover Creator

Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate covers for a variety of media.


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  • Doreen Rappaport-Johnís Secret Dreams

    This site provides information on the author, Doreen Rappaport, as well as a learning guide for the book.

  • John Lennon

    The official John Lennon website, courtesy of Yoko Ono, features the latest news, downloads, videos, and more.

  • Song Lyrics.com

    This searchable, browsable free song lyrics archive allows the user to search for the lyrics to songs from a variety of artists, albums, and genres.

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  1. Locate a copy of Johnís Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon (Hyperion, 2004) from your classroom collection, a bookstore, or your local library.† Review the book and the uses of Lennonís song lyrics throughout.
  2. Acquire the supplies necessary to make a classroom book.† These may include heavy-weight paper, binding materials, and other art supplies needed for the front and back cover.
  3. Make enough copies of the following for each student:
  4. Test the Graphic Map interactive and Book Cover Creator tools and familiarize yourself with the content and layout. Ensure that you have the proper Flash plug-ins installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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