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Write a Song About Summer

Students will identify and analyze songs about summer. Then they will brainstorm ideas and write their own tune about the summer season.

PROCESS:

  1. Have students brainstorm a list of songs that have been written about summer. Challenge students to identify common themes they hear in the music and lyrics.
  2. Instruct students to think about what summer means to them. Is it a happy, upbeat season? Is it something they dread? Give students five minutes to create a list of words and phrases that expresses their views about summer.
  3. Encourage students to use the ideas they recorded to write a song about summer.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their songs with the class. Have students analyze each song to identify the message it reveals about summer.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Brainstorm a list of summer songs as a class. Help students identify common themes in the music and lyrics. Have each student create a list of words or phrases about summer. As a class, analyze the results and select the most common ideas. Work together to write a song about summer.
Grades 5-6:
As a class, brainstorm a list of songs about summer and identify common themes in the music and lyrics. Then divide the class into small groups. Challenge each group to create a list of summer words and phrases and incorporate those ideas into the lyrics for a song about summer. Have groups apply the lyrics to the tune of a song they already know.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to identify summer songs they know and identify common themes in the music and lyrics. Then challenge each group to create a list of summer words and phrases and incorporate those ideas into a song about summer. Groups may write their own music or apply the lyrics to the tune of a song they already know.
Grades 9-10:
Have students complete the entire activity in pairs. Challenge partners to write both the lyrics and music for an original song about summer.