Class listens to several folk songs. We discuss the time the songs were written and how the songs most likely came about. Most folk songs happen to come about as people are going through their days. People singing them at the time probably did not think the subject was very interesting, but today we learn about their lives. We talk about the form of the songs. Then students are guided along the process of creating their own folk song. They create a song that is relevant to them today.
Students will learn about life in early times through folk songs. Students will learn how folk songs developed. They will discover that they too can write a folk song. The topic of the song may not be new and exciting to them, but who knows, in 100 years, someone may be learning about our lives through their folk song!
I will use recordings of folk songs and the printed words from my curriculum. I will use a powerpoint presentation to convey the directions to my students and give some examples. My students will use paper and pencil to write their songs.
This lesson is a fun and engaging way to get kids writing. It engages them as they get to listen to music, change the music so it is relevant to them, and write music about themselves. In the process they will learn about musical form, folk songs, and writing.