Arts ESU2
Performing Arts, English Language Arts
Material Type:
Upper Primary
  • Antagonist
  • Art
  • Francis Scott Key
  • MTA
  • Music
  • NE Art
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Plot
  • Protagonist
  • art
  • music
  • ne-art
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    Education Standards

    Star Spangled Banner

    Star Spangled Banner


    This resource was created by Melissa Smith and Jason Smith, in collaboration with Lynn Bowder, as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning.

    Star Spangled Banner                   

    Grade Level: 5

    Core Subject Area: Language Arts                              Fine Arts Subject Area: Music, Theater


    Standards Alignment

    Content Area Standard(s):

    FA 5.5.1.a Create, in a group, an environment (glossary) or event using body movement and sound (e.g., a forest, a baseball game) while working in a group

    FA 5.5.2.b Demonstrate characters (glossary) through movement (e.g., enact different ages, cartoon characters (glossary)).

    FA 5.5.3.a Demonstrate respect for self and others (etiquette (glossary)) in dramatic activities.

    FA 5.5.4.b Recognize how performances reflect everyday circumstances (e.g., historical events, natural disasters, family relationships).

    Fine Arts Standard(s):

    FA 5.4.2.d Connect music to historical and cultural contexts and the arts (glossary) through performing. FA 5.4.2.a Identify expressive characteristics and components of technique, purpose, and context of selected pieces (e.g., dynamics, tempo).

    FA 5.4.3.d Connect music to historical and cultural contexts and the arts (glossary) through responding.

    Core Subject Vocabulary

    Plot, Message, Protagonist, Antagonist

    Fine Arts Vocabulary:

    Mood, Francis Scott Key, Lyrics, Perilous, Ramparts, Hailed

    Core Subject Learning Objectives:

    Students will understand the message of “The Star Spangled Banner” by completing a script analysis to the lyrics to the song.

    Fine Arts Learning Objectives:

    Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the history behind “The Star Spangled Banner” by performing a line from the song.





    Lesson-Teaching Sequence:

    Part One

    1. Teacher will read the book “The Star Spangled Banner” by Peter Spier

    2. Students will work in groups to complete a script analysis of the book:

      1. Where does this story take place?

      2. This story is written by whose point of view?

      3. Who is the protagonist?

      4. Who is the antagonist?

      5. What is the message communicated by the main character?

      6. What are the obstacles in the way of the main character’s goal?

    3. Teacher will play a recording of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the lyrics and students will sing/follow along.


    Part Two

    1. Students will be divided into groups of 2 or 3. Each group will be given a sheet of paper with a lyric line from “The Star Spangled Banner”.

    2. Groups will work together to come up with actions or movement for their line. Teacher will play various recordings of the “Star Spangled Banner” while students work.

    3. While teacher plays recording, all groups will perform their creations when their line is sung.

      1. This will also be a formative assessment as students will be representing their understanding of the plot.


    Assessment and Reflection

    Content Assessment:

    Students will complete a test over the history of “The Star Spangled Banner” as well as key vocabulary words in the song.

    Arts Assessment:

    Students will represent their understanding of the plot through performing a line from the song

    Student Reaction (Engagement):

    Teacher Reflection: