Lesson Plan


In this unit, we will look at the ancient art of oral storytelling through the lens of contemporary music. Dylan and Bono, blues and rap, character development and conflict resolution, voice and mood…We’ll listen to, discuss, analyze, and review songs, as well as write and perform our own. We’ll learn and practice techniques that will help us become better storytellers. In the process, we’ll also improve our listening, speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills. So open your ears and lift up your voices, sing me a story and tell me a song!


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Music
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Story Telling

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


Music Story Storytelling Lyrics Song



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-12-06.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This unit provides an overview, national standards, goals, objectives, driving questions, resources and procedures for the art of oral storytelling through the lens of contemporary music. Lyrics are provided for a range of songs from Dylan and Bono to blues and rap. Character development, conflict resolution, voice and mood will be examined and studied by listening to, discussing, analyzing and reviewing songs. Students will learn and practice techniques to become better storytellers, as they write and perform their own songs. They will also improve their listening, speaking, writing and critical thinking skills.

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