This file contains the entire collection of lyrics for the Professor Presley History Rocks CD. Teachers can use these lyrics with or without the music from the CD. There are nine songs covering topics from the Ca. Social Studies Standards for 8th Grade U.S. History and all of these songs can be found on Itunes and the Teachers Pay Teachers website.
Song 1: THE ENGLISH HERITAGE teaches about key documents that have an influence on the United States such as the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and the Mayflower Compact.
Song 2: A NEW CONSTITUTION reviews important events about the framing and structure of the U.S. Constitution.
Song 3: HAM N JEFF reviews the beliefs of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and the birth of political parties in the United States.
Song 4: WAR OF 1812 details the causes and major events of the War of 1812. (This song is included as the free download)
Song 5: THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO investigates the War between the United States and Mexico.
Song 6: FIND A CAUSE delves into the Reform Era and various reform movements of the 1800's.
Song 7: A DIVIDING NATION examines the events that led to the Civil War from the Missouri Compromise up to the bombing of Fort Sumter.
Song 8: THE CIVIL WAR has key events and famous quotes from the Civil War.
Song 9: RECONSTRUCTION ROCK covers the Reconstruction period.
Teachers have used these files to create fill in the blank worksheets that the students fill in as they listen to the music. Other teachers have simply used the lyrics and had their students perform each song as a preparation for Star Testing. Students can do them as a rap, chant and repeat, or you can divide the class in half and have each side sing different parts. This is a great tool to add interest and excitement in the history classroom.