Analyzing Memorial Songs

Music can transcend time and space, and turn your emotions with the drop of a well-crafted melody. Explore the impact that a memorial song can have with a lesson that includes songs written after 9/11. Middle schoolers analyze lyrics, decipher tone, and write a final verse to expand upon the song's theme.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign additional songs that memorialize different events in history
  • Connect the lesson to a focus on 9/11 or other tragedies in American history
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is versatile for any song, but if you are using the specific songs listed, provide historical context for the events of 9/11
  • The plan references a video analysis worksheet, but the attached worksheet is titled Music Analysis Worksheet
Pros

  • Promotes critical thinking skills, as well as poetry analysis
  • Makes connections between social studies and language arts
Cons

  • None