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The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln
Pay tribute to the sixteenth president of the United States with this fun song and activity. From his birth in a Kentucky log cabin and childhood in Indiana, to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and his eventual assassination, this ballad provides a brief but thorough biography of Abraham Lincoln.
1st - 5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Tabloid Ballad
What do the theme song from Gilligan's Island, the nursery rhyme "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat," and the poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" all have in common? Why, they're ballads of course! Challenge your young balladeers to compose their own storytelling poems using supermarket tabloids as source material.
9th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA): Pre-Reading In Cold Blood
Start your unit by reading the "Ballade des Pendus," by the character Villon. The class makes predictions, discusses what they might already know about the text, and reads the selection together. There are step-by-step plans detailed here for the teacher.
11th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 13 Downloads
Ballads for Americans
"Ballad for Americans" was a song written for performers participating in the Federal Arts Project, during The Depression. Learners will analyze the lyrics of the song and then create informational posters about other Federal Works Projects, such as the CCC and FPW.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 11 Downloads
The Tabloid Ballad
Students explore the poetic ballad. They examine the rhythm of a typical ballad and listen to recitations of sample ballads. They choose an article from a supermarket tabloid and write a comical ballad using rhythms and structures studied.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 21 Downloads
Ballads and Communication
Young scholars compare and contrast different forms of communication. In this poetry instructional activity, students focus on the ballad form and read "Timothy Winters". Young scholars draw conclusions from the ballad and divide into groups to research the definition and other examples of ballads.
7th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 18 Downloads
Smithsonian In Your Classroom: The Music in Poetry
Take poetry off the page and put it into terms of movement, physical space and, finally, music with this series of three lessons from the Smithsonian Institution. This resource introduces middle schoolers to two poetic forms that originated as forms of song, Ballad and Blues, as well as several poetic devices such as iamb, measure, and rhythm.
6th - 8th Language Arts 19 Views 213 Downloads
Edgar Allan Poe's First Lines
Try to guess the title of the Edgar Allan Poe work when you are given the first line of the poem! Fifteen mostly multiple-choice questions will have you racking your brain to recall the opening words of some not-so-well-known pieces. See how well your class knows "The Bridal Ballad," "Fairy-Land," and others such as "To My Mother.
9th - Higher Ed Language Arts 4 Views 14 Downloads
ICT Activity 18
Eighth graders study the 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' They study the ballad and explore style and technique. Students use the internet and search previously identified news sites for current items of interest. They use images copied and saved from these items the students then write a ballad that conformed to the accepted form of a ballad.
8th Language Arts 7 Views 7 Downloads
Understanding Fair Trade
Students write a ballad from a farmer's point of view on trade. In this farmer's lesson plan, students listen to a farmer speak about fair trade, have a dialogue about it, and write a ballad to interpret their point of view.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
Writers use details to infer meaning beyond the surface level of their stories. In this richly detailed plan, the lyrics of spirituals are used to show class members how to recognize these inferences and to recognize the messages embedded in spirituals during the time of slavery.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 26 Views 309 Downloads
U.S. Entry into WWII and Changes in Dissension Attitude
Eleventh graders describe the causes for dissention prior to US involvement in WWII. They explain the causes for US entry into the war and synthesize the change in the attitudes in some dissenters during the war.
11th Social Studies & History 14 Views 29 Downloads
Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature
Students examine primary documents regarding Paul Revere's ride and its role in the Revolutionary War. They consider how Revere's role has been written about by Longfellow and others and discuss the discrepancies between accounts.
6th - 8th Language Arts 14 Views 78 Downloads
Creative Writing Unit: Analyzing, Interpreting, Discussing and Writing Various Genres of African-American Literature
A six-week unit takes high schoolers through various works of African-American literature, including poems, plays, and short stories. The lesson plan format includes a week-by-week description of activities, goals, materials, and assessments.
10th - 12th Language Arts 21 Views 109 Downloads