Poem of Mulan Podcast

Integrated Social Studies
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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This Poem of Mulan Podcast is a great way to read the original poem of Mulan, analyze a historic original document, engage with a primary historical document and learn about the history behind each verse. This is also a Common Core Aligned resource.

Why a podcast?

The honest answer is the limited availability of imagery to create a video. I attempted to create a video but had to scrap it because there just wasn’t enough public domain imagery. Podcasts are popular, fun to listen to, and a growing trend in the classroom. There is a title image and the product cover before the screen will fade to black for the entire podcast. There are credits at the end of the podcast.

Help your students practice their listening skills with this podcast and workbook. The poem is provided with plenty of space to include notes about the hidden history of the poem. The podcast is 27 minutes 26 seconds, making it possible to have this be a one-day lesson, although I do suggest two days.

The Workbook

The workbook is 26 pages that include all levels of questions (low, middle, and high) and writing prompts ensuring your students have a scaffolded approach to this historical analysis.

The workbook includes must-know vocabulary and a quick fill-in-the-blank lesson as well as essential background information before students would begin the podcast. The follow-along poem is integrated into the workbook and leaves plenty of room for students to take notes. After the podcast, students will think about many elements of history such as politics, social/gender norms, economics, and technology.

Be sure to check out the preview to see some of the pages.


What’s Included:

  • Streaming TpT video
  • Student Workbook
  • Workbook with Answers
  • Common Core Alignment Page by Page
  • One-day and two-day sample lesson plans


How does this count as a historical primary resource?

For one, the poem is old. Very, very old. This is a translation but the poem still reveals plenty of history to us. Let me guide your students through each line of the poem to see how a historian approaches historical writings.

Even if you don't teach world or Asian history this would be an awesome lesson to celebrate Women's History month! Mulan may be fictional but she is extraordinary and a great way to look at women's roles in history.

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This is a streaming podcast. This means you will not receive a downloadable version of the podcast but will have to stream it directly from TpT.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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