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Since 2002, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry has honored music. The music includes songs, albums and other recordings that have been honored for their significance and impact on American history and culture.... < read more >
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Grade 3-4

If you could choose one song to add to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, what would it be? Why?

Grade 5-6

What characteristics do you think would make a song, album or other recording worthy of being included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry?

Grade 7-8

What do you think would be the best way for the Library of Congress to share its National Recording Registry with the public?

Grade 9-10

Why do you think recordings must be at least 10 years old to be eligible for consideration into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry?

LESSON PLAN
Write a Song About Summer

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.
VISUAL RESOURCES: MUSIC: HIGHLIGHTS COLLECTION
SMITHSONIAN RESOURCES
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Visit the webpage of Folkways Recordings to explore, research, order and download recordings from the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian. The site includes music from the United States and around the world. Visitors can search by album, artist, country or genre.

Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments
Explore this online exhibition from the National Museum of African Art to learn about African musical instruments that are also works of art.

Musical Math-terpiece: The Art of Piet Mondrian
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students learn about the jazz-inspired life and art of Piet Mondrian. Then they create their own Mondrian-style paintings.

The Invention of the Electric Guitar
This online exhibit from the National Museum of American History shows how the need for louder guitars led to the invention and proliferation of the electric guitar. It also explains how the emergence and popularity of rock and roll led to the guitar’s commercial success and more innovative designs.

Women Breaking Musical Barriers: She Isn’t Supposed to Play That
This website from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage traces the history and diversity of women in music through text, video recordings and audio recordings.

The Music in Poetry
These lessons from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access introduce students to the rhythms of poetry. The focus is on two poetic forms that originated as forms of song: the ballad stanza, found throughout British and American literature, and the blues stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz was an influential and legendary musical figure, both in her native country of Cuba and in the United States. Invite students to connect to her story through immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history and art on this National Museum of American History online exhibit.

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers
When we think of jazz musicians, it’s usually first and foremost of performers who take the stage and improvise on songs or instrumentals. But it is composers who work offstage and behind the scenes to create a repertory for performers to play. Invite students to visit this National Museum of American History website to learn about two of the greatest jazz composers.
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