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This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
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Title: This Land is Your Land
Author: Woody Guthrie
Illustrator: Kathy Jakobsen
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Publishing Date: 1998
ISBN Number: 0-316-39215-4

Summary: The song and words were done by Woody Guthrie in the 1960's. The illustrations are painted and folk art in style. The song tells of the freedom and unity that the United States is supposed to represent. There are lines that reflect the struggle for many Americans to make it in this country at this time in history, just as today. The song will probably be familiar to some children but certainly by most of the teachers. The song is fun for many people to sing at the same time, but may be read as well.

Age Level:2 and up!

Instructional Uses and Student Activities: Song and dance in the classroom would make a fun exercise for learning about how words on paper can become lots of fun. The class would be able to realize that there are many who do not have the same opportunities as they do. History, social studies, and music reference books could supplement this story. The children could make up there own songs using a time in history or a struggle within their own community and then perform it for the class. Tempo and ryhming could translate into vocabulary practice and the adventure of exploring another time in history would offer ample lesson plans for literacy. The students would be able to reflect in journals there trip to a struggling place and time and tell about the pros and cons of this social issue.
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