The Star Spangled Banner Unit- Music Presentation- Literacy/History Connections

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This unit is about the history of The Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of The United States of America. This product would be perfect not just for music class, but for social studies classes as well! Music teachers, I don't know about you, but I'm always being asked to incorporate more literacy strategies in the classroom. I promise that this unit helps fulfill some of those obligations :)

The main attraction of this package is the presentation slides with YouTube examples to several performances of The Star-Spangled Banner- both traditional and contemporary. The presentation would be suggested for grades 3-8.

There are several types of assessments, worksheets, activities and handouts included in this pack (13 Total). Please see below for descriptions of what is included and the suggested grade ranges:


RE-WRITE THE BANNER LYRICS- This activity would be perfect for centers or in some other group activity. Each line of the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner have been provided. The student will then re-write the lyric in his or her own words. These are provided in the package in two sizes- one prompt per page, and four prompts per page. (Grades 5-8)

EXPLAIN THE BANNER- This is a lengthier version of the activity listed above, but instead of one lyric, the student is asked to re-write the entire Star-Spangled Banner in his or her own words. You could even ask the student to write an explanation of the story as if they were talking to a person who had never heard of The Star-Spangled Banner before. (Grades 6-8)

CREATE YOUR OWN BANNER- Students will create a banner which represents their own lives and what they stand for (like a coat of arms activity). They are then provided an area at the bottom of the page to explain their flag's markings. (Grades 3-6)

CREATE A TIMELINE- This can be used as an assessment during the presentation, or by using the notes handout. Dates are provided, students are asked to give a short description of what happened in that year to help in the adoption of The Star-Spangled Banner as a national anthem. (Grades 3-8)

VOCABULARY HANDOUT- There is a list of all essential vocabulary with definitions. (All Grades)

LYRICS OF THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER- There are two lyric pages provided in the pack, traditional and common. You can give these to your students as a supplement when completing other assessments. (All Grades)


PREDICTIONS PAGE- Use this before you even tell your students they will be learning about The Star-Spangled Banner. Students will make a prediction for three different questions, and then fill in the real answer after the unit has concluded. (Grades 4-8)

FOLLOW ALONG NOTES- This is a fill in the blank and short answer assessment to be provided during the presentation (Grades 6-8)

EXIT SLIPS- There are 9 pre-made exit slip assessments with short, but representative questions of the learning that took place.

EXIT SLIPS (EDITABLE)- There is a template provided (Word Document) where you can edit the document to have your own exit slip question.

CROSSWORD PUZZLE- To be used with the vocabulary sheet. (Grades 5-8)

WORD SEARCH- Can be used as is. (All Grades)

COLORING SHEET "MY AMERICAN FLAG"- For fun :) (Grades 5 and Under)

As with all classes, only you know your students and how well they perform with certain activities. You are always encouraged to create your own assessments as well in addition to the resources I have created.

There are two types of presentations included. One is for Apple Keynote, the other is for Microsoft PowerPoint. PLEASE KNOW! Apple can open PowerPoint (if it is installed), but Microsoft cannot open the Keynote file. If you have a Windows machine, do not open the Apple Keynote file.

There is a blank, editable slide provided at the end of each presentation if you want to include more information. You can always delete and add slides to better accommodate your instructional time.

To access the YouTube videos: If using at school, make sure your district does not block YouTube. You can always make use of this activity without YouTube, just delete the slides with the examples. THE VIDEO LINKS WILL NOT WORK UNLESS YOU ARE IN PRESENTATION MODE. If you are in edit mode, the presentation will think you are trying to edit the file, and will not take you to the link provided.


Clip art and digital papers provided by:

Ashley Hughes

Krista Wallden

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