Have you ever wondered why the Star-Spangled Banner is still sung in many athletic arenas today? Is is true that this is our national anthem but what isn't quite known is why this song didn't serve as our first nation's anthem. Just as people change so does music. While it is difficult for individuals to leave memories behind, students will begin to study events surrounding the American Revolutionary War to see how past memories continued to progress our nation no matter whether the freedom won was told through lyrics or literature.
To hook students into today's lesson, I hold a small discussion on how our national anthem is perfect for describing the maturity of our nation. As I ask students to recall the words to this tune, a listing of points is made and placed on the board. As students move through this lesson, they uncover other essential elements within lyrics that show how our anthem is still perfect for our nation today.
To begin revisiting our nation's past, students watch this video clip. The purpose of incorporating sound is to provide an auditory reminder of our anthem prior to students analyzing its lyrics for further interpretation. Since music is the initial interaction students will have with this lesson, why not have them recall their understanding through a song.
The selection of music for this particular lesson works to give flare to a concept that is initially boring to students. In order to develop arguments (claims) for how the "Star Spangled Banner" is the perfect national anthem, students will use literature and music to interpret how the United States has matured over the past centuries.
Now that we remember our national anthem, its time to bring other perspectives into account. It is amazing how songs can really depict the maturing of an individual or event in an intentional and unintentional way. In Day One: How America has Matured through Citing Evidences in Music, students listened to various songs about America and identified an intended audience based on the instrumentation and vocals of each song. Today, students will read over each song's lyrics and underline examples of figurative language.
To become effective interpreters, students get in groups of four to work collectively on the assigned task. I model in the first song how to read, underline, and interpret examples of figurative language. Then students will work on lyrics, talk over lyrics, and work as a group on lyrics to understand the impact figurative played in each song.