Exploring Point of View with Classic American Song

Analyze the text and music of the song “Shenandoah.”

By: Patricia Finn & Dr. Susan Key
Estimated Time: 40 Minutes
Specific Reccomendation: 5th grade Social Studies/Language Arts

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Lesson Details


  • Support and defend one interpretation of the text “Shenandoah” using textual evidence
  • Analyze how the music of the song “Shenandoah” contributes to its interpretation

Common Core Standards:

  • RH.6.6 Identify aspects of text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose
  • RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text




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