BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

The Revolutionary War & the Adirondacks
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Grade: 4th Grade
Class: Music
Author: Thomas Hemans
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Social Studies:
History of the United States and New York
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Keywords: revolutionary war, song
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How can we recount our "history" through song?
Context:

The teacher should introduce this challenge to the students before they conduct their research so they know what kinds of information they will be looking/listening for. In addition to hearing from Dan Berggren, students may need access to additional resources regarding the history of the Adirondacks during the Revolutionary War.

Note from the author: This song is being composed to become part of a Flag Day ceremony that completes the fourth graders research in to early American history.  It will be sung and presented with a stage presentation each year.

The Challenge:

After hearing from your guest speaker, work together as a class to create a song that tells something of the important history of the Adirondacks during the Revolutionary war. Your song will be sung on Flag Day as part of a school celebration.

It is important that your song convey important and accurate information about the Adirondacks during this period in history. It will help if your song is entertaining, easy to understand, and easy to remember. It might make it easier for you if you set your original lyrics to a popular melody that everyone knows. Make sure the lyrics fit the melody.

Please be sure that the information you include in your song is accurate.

An Arts Forever Wild 2 Artist-in-Residence challenge

Quality Standards:

- The song tells the story of important historical events regarding the Adirondacks during the Revolutionary War

 - The historica information communicated by the song is accurate

- The song is entertaining and easy to understand

- The lyrics of the song fit its melody

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

The song tells the story of important historical events regarding the Adirondacks during the Revolutionary War

40

The historical information communicated by the song is accurate

20

The song is entertaining and easy to understand

20

The lyrics of the song fit its melody

20

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