The anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner is September 14. Will you be teaching your students about this historic event? This set of PowerPoint presentations contains short facts about the Battle of Ft. McHenry and the author, Francis Scott Key, set in a triple meter chant, along with the rhythm patterns to match the chant phrases. The rhythm patterns are presented in both 3/4 and 6/8 meters. The accompanying music is the same meter and chord structure as the Star-Spangled Banner, with no melody.
How to use these slides:
Set up readiness for this activity by first guiding your students in listening, chanting, and moving to triple meter patterns and music. Introduce reading using your favorite learning sequence. Most of us present triple meter using either 3/4 or 6/8, so begin with the meter that is the most familiar to your students. Present the Star-Spangled Rhythms PowerPoint in that familiar meter. Next, introduce the the “other” triple meter and present the Star-Spangled Rhythms PowerPoint in the unfamiliar meter.
Level 1: Teacher chants phrase, students echo. Teacher chants rhythm pattern, students echo.
Level 2: Students read phrase and rhythms.
If your students are up for a music reading challenge, try out the enrhythmic patterns presentation which guides students through and explanation and comparison of the 3/4 and 6/8 patterns that sound alike, followed by six practice slides and a bonus printable worksheet.
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