First graders will explore "Get on Board, Little Children" in more depth, then compare it to "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain." What are the varying types of transportation? What are the narrative styles? What is the message? How is the song structured? Through singing, listening, and discussing we will get to the bottom of these questions before taking the next step: illustrating and composing our own verses for "She'll Be Comin'". After all, that's what folk music is all about - changing it, adding to it, and making it personally relevant.
Second graders will also try their hand at songwriting after learning about early American folk music and Pete Seeger's famous Civil Rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome." As we learn how folk music has evolved through the ages, we'll help it evolve further by creating lyrics of our own that reflect our personal challenges, struggles, and dreams.
Last week, the third graders sang "This Land is Your Land," "We Shall Overcome," and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." While all three songs had very similar messages, they had very different compositional styles