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Learners 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.
Young scholars compare and contrast different forms of communication.  In this poetry lesson plan, 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. 
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. Follow up the song by making a class picture book of the main events and accomplishments of this amazing American. This engaging resource would make a great supplement to a study of American presidents or a social studies unit on the Civil War.
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. Complete directions for the activity, as well as models, are included in the packet. Consider transforming the classroom into a coffee house and scheduling live performances.
Sixth graders write a song.  In this Middle Ages lesson, 6th graders read the ballad Barbara Allen and answer comprehension questions.  Students create their own ballad using a rhyme scheme.
Students create "cowboy ballads" in this interactive, multi-day lesson. The cowboy is researched using various sources and class discussions. Students evaluate individual work at the end of the lesson.
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. 
"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. They will also get a chance to perform their own version of the song.
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.
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.
In this ballad research paper instructional activity, students complete the 6 short answer questions to build an outline to be used to write their own research paper and essay pertaining to ballads.
In this original music composition worksheet, students compose a piano accompaniment for their own original ballads as they follow the 7 steps on this worksheet,
In this ballad composition worksheet, students compose a ballad in any key as they write a 12 line rhyming poem and continue to follow the other 6 steps to create their original ballad.
High schoolers listen to and analyze the ballad "American Pie." They utilize a worksheet imbedded in this plan. They circle the appropriate descriptive words of the song's medium form, melody, tempo and dynamics, and style.
Expose your class to various poetic forms. Listed in and described in this slide show are: ballad, lyric poem, ode, dramatic monologue, sonnet, and villanelle. Some descriptions are more detailed than others. 
Students explore the rhythms of poetry. They analyze the ballad stanza and blues stanza, reading and discussing examples of each, and listening to musical ballads and blues from the Smithsonian Recordings catalog.
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 learners 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. Your class will read several examples of both forms of poetry and learn about the history behind their origin. Great extension activities are included as well.
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."
Students write epic poems, songs, or ballads to describe adventures of their own. They discover that storytellers often told stories as epic poems, songs, or ballads. They share and discuss some of Homer's Odyssey and Iliad.
In this language arts worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle. Clues refer to types of poetry such as ballad, chant, couplet, clerihew, limerick and tanka.

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