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The Tabloid Ballad

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
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,...
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The Geste of Robin Hood

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This isn't your traditional Robin Hood tale! Explore a Middle English ballad with your young historians, and examine the underlying structure and purpose of historical texts.
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The Tabloid Ballad

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Ballads and Communication

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars compare and contrast different forms of communication.  In this poetry lesson, students focus on the ballad form and read "Timothy Winters". Young scholars draw conclusions from the ballad and divide into groups to...
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Ballads for Americans

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
"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...
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Smithsonian In Your Classroom: The Music in Poetry

For Teachers K - 12th
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 students to two poetic forms that originated as...
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Project 8 B-b-b-Ballad Research Paper!

For Students 6th - 12th
In this ballad research paper worksheet, 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.
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Project 7b: B-b-b-Ballad Part 2!

For Students 6th - 12th
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,
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Project 7a B-b-b-Ballad!

For Students 6th - 12th
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.
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Types of Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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. 
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Edgar Allan Poe's First Lines

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
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...
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Middle Ages

For Teachers 6th
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.
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The Texas Cowboy: Myth and Reality

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create "cowboy ballads" in this interactive, multi-day activity. The cowboy is researched using various sources and class discussions. Students evaluate individual work at the end of the activity.
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Lesson Plan for "The Ballad of Dirty Joe"

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners explore and practice identifying poetry in the ABAB rhyming format. In groups, they participate in choral reading of the poem, "The Ballad of Dirty Joe," emphasizing words appropriately and speaking in the...
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Poetry Review

For Teachers 6th - 8th
As a review of poetry and literary terms, this resource would be a great addition in a middle school classroom. There are questions involving sonnets, similies, haikus, and more. An instructor could use this resource as is, or add...
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Creative Writing Unit: Analyzing, Interpreting, Discussing and Writing Various Genres of African-American Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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...
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Ballad Blast

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners 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.
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The Ballad Of Captain Super

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Engaging and fun, this lesson is a good way to reinforce context clues with this lesson, in which middle schoolers investigate literary puzzles. They apply critical thinking skills to codes in order to solve them. They use a variety of...
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Poetry Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Consisting of a thorough and straightforward list of poetry terminology, the first part of this presentation would be a good introduction to a poetry unit, or a review for an upcoming poetry project. The list of terms is quite extensive,...
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ICT Activity 18

For Teachers 8th
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...
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Puzzling Poetry

For Students 6th - 7th
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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Forms of Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Beginning a poetry unit and need to review poetry forms? Ten forms are reviewed. For each, the purpose, subject and theme, tone, rhyme, rhythm, lines, and stanzas are described. Alas, no examples of these forms are included.
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An American Ballad - Lesson 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students 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.

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