Patricia Gallagher Song Activity #2 Voices Across Time



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Song Activity #2 Voices Across Time

To be used in a unit on the Civil War about ½ -3/4 through unit for various age groups from 4th -8th grade with adaptations.

Song: Battle Cry of Freedom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_cry_of_freedom

Oh, we'll rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again,


Shouting the battle cry of freedom,
We will rally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

(Chorus)


The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star;
While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before,


Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'll fill our vacant ranks with a million free men more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

Chorus

We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,


Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And although he may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

Chorus

So we're springing to the call from the East and from the West,


Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

Listen to the song 2-3x upon second and third hearing have students follow with the text. Using the CD provided by Vat institue available @http://www.pasfiddle.com/

Review any unfamiliar vocabulary ie:rally, plain, rebel etc

Using I Can Hear it now Techniques have students imagine themselves in the time and conditions of the Civil War as soldiers on the Union side and Confederate too if time allows. Students can role play various assigned or desired roles including but not limited to: a recently freed slave fighting on the Union side, commander, musician in the regiment band, a southern deserter joining the union etc.



Student-centered activity would be for students to write a journal entry based on their role-play. First they would have to research a particular battle and find out the particulars. Writing must include date, battle and location, their particular role or rank or situation, their personal feelings, outcome of the battle. They would have to include 3-5 details based on their grade and abilites. For the younger students I would probably assign them particular battles or we may concentrate on a particular battle such as Gettysburg. I would also have them illustrate their journal article or a particular event of their chosen battle, such as rallying around the flag. This would include research on clothing/ uniforms and the gear of soldiers on the Union side. Assessment would be on the completeness and accuracy of their drawing and journal writing. For the less artistic they may have to label their drawing as well.


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