Battle Hymn of the Republic Teacher Resources
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The Role of the Musician and His Instruments in the Civil War
Students become aware of the role music and the musician played in the Civil War. Students recognize the drum, fife, bugle, cymbals, and sax horn when shown photos of these instruments. Students sing a variety of songs from the Civil War era.
The Role of the Musician and His Instruments in the Civil War
Fifth graders listen to and discuss the music of the Civil War Era in order to better explain society during this time period. They identify the musical instruments and write their own word to accompany the music of one of the songs.
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource.
The Meaning of America: Equality
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
Students work in pairs to compose a duet (with percussion instruments) that contains syncopated rhythm sequences. Each student will research a piece of music that they feel uses syncopation and will give a persuasive speech to the class.
Pirate Lesson Plan: Give Me an RRR/Seven C's
Kindergarten and first-graders practice counting syllables and develop phonemic awareness of the R and C sounds by singing “Give Me an RRR” and “Seven C’s.” A list of activities, vocabulary, assessment options, and the lyrics for the two songs are included in the detailed plan.
I Am Freedom Bound!
Upper elementary and middle school learners engage in this awesome lesson plan on the Civil War. In it, they watch streamed video, perform Internet research, engage in hands-on activities, and use their geography skills to locate important events during this time period. Additionally, they take a close look at the harships of slavery.
THE PEN VS. THE SWORD: LYRICAL RESPONSES TO A NATION AT WAR
Students brainstorm lists of songs that were written in response to American wars; consider the patterns in the lists they create.
Creating Dramatic Monologues from The Grapes of Wrath
Students conduct Internet research on the Dust Bowl before participating in a group activity about the characters from "The Grapes of Wrath". As part of a character analysis, they collaboratively write a dramatic monologue for their character. Groups write their monologue based on given criteria.
Mother's Day Poems and Lesson Plans
Mother's Day poems and other types of activities can get students' creative juices flowing.
Dandelion Wine: Vocabulary Strategy
Prior to reading chapter 17 of Dandelion Wine, partners look up and illustrate level three words found in Colonel Freeleigh’s many allusions. Pairs then share with the whole class. Detailed instructions for the activity are included.
Louisa May Alcott: The Candle and the Mirror
High schoolers discuss the life of Louisa May Alcott and create an outline of a biography of her life and times. In this Louisa May Alcott lesson plan, students explore the Transcendentalist involvement in the abolitionist movement, relating Louisa May Alcott's upbringing to her social and political views. High schoolers also discover links between Louisa May Alcott and other literary giants of the period.
The Candle and the Mirror
Eleventh graders examine author Louisa May Alcott as a pioneer, deeply dedicated to her family and to the ethical framework they represent. For this Social Studies lesson, 11th graders investigate some of the basic concepts of Transcendentalism. Students research different people of this time period and share their findings with the class.
The Evolution of Transcendentalism
Key concepts, major writers, and historical events related to Transcendentalism are explored in a student-produced PowerPoint about this movement. The presentation could be used as an introduction to a unit or as a model that class members could critique before drafting their own presentations.
A Soldier's View of the American Civil War
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing activity. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The activity includes several options to complete the activities, such as PowerPoint, Venn diagram, and several biographical stories. Use this activity to begin an informative writing assignment or to reinforce research procedures.
Symbols and Landmarks
Third graders study American national holidays, symbols, songs and landmarks. They appreciate the meaning and significance of our nation's ideals of liberty, justice and equality.
Artsgenesis: Civil War Tapestry
Students explore the Civil War and the many emotions that emerged during this era. The teacher arranges students in groups of families and prepares them to simulate typical responses during this era. The Civil War and Gettysburg is re-enacted. Students write letters to their "family" members describing historical events in which they are involved. They pantomime a battle scene.
Immigration and Migration Today and During the Great Depression
High schoolers conduct oral history interviews and research primary resources to explain changes in immigration and migration over time.
American Music History
Students examine how history influenced American music. They view a Powerpoint presentation, listen to and analyze music, take notes on historical facts, and create and present a Powerpoint presentation to the class.
The Civil War Event Map for Open Court
Fifth graders explore U.S. history by creating a story map with their classmates. In this Civil War instructional activity, 5th graders read assigned text and identify the main battles and events that occurred during the Civil War. Students create story cards for each event and list them in a consequential order while they identify them randomly.