The National Anthem
- Grade Level:
- Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
- Language Arts, Music, Poetry, Social Studies
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- in the park
- National/State Standards:
- North Carolina Music Essential Standards: 4.CR.1.1
North Carolina ELA Common Core: RF 4.4; SL4.1 RI4.1
OverviewStudents can practice their fluency and analyze the Star Spangled Banner.
Students will read passages fluently and accurately within a cumulative choral-reading activity, focusing on using correct conversational and expressive language.
Pass out the Cumulative Choral Reading sheet. Read the first stanza, demonstrating fluency with accuracy and expression. Focus particular attention on the use of long sentences, divided by commas. Explain that when reading long sentences, it is important to pause when commas are encountered to assist wiht the understanding of the text. Focus on the sentences that end with a question mark, too. Use voice infleciton to show that the sentences are questions. Then, have the students read the lyrics aloud together.
Students can practice their fluency and analyze the Star Spangled Banner. Students can then sing the song chorally. After studying this song, discuss its use as a symbol for our country. What emotions does the song evoke? How does it represent our country?