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COURSE NO. FA -589

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COURSE OVERVIEW

American Song Treasury songbook  and  Wee Sing: America CD and songbook.

COURSE NOTES

 

Scheduling Suggestions: 3x/wk for 30min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

The American Song Treasury: 100 Favorites (Dover Song Collections)

  • Author: Theodore Raph
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Dover Publications, 1986. Print.
  • ISBN: 0486252221        978-0486252223
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

406 pages; 6 sections; musical notation, lyrics, and history of each song; index of titles.

 

 
This book is included to add fun and “texture” to American history.  Use it in the spirit it was intended.  From its introduction: This songbook is formulated to provide a maximum of musical fun and satisfaction.  It combines well-known songs in sing-along keys with rich sounding easy-to-play piano arrangements, and includes chord symbols with guitar fingering, plus the story behind each of the songs…The pages that follow contain the story behind each of the songs in the context of its historical and sociological setting.  The “life history” of every song answers such questions as, How old is it?  Who wrote it?  Where did it come from? Etc…
 
Songs are arranged in historical date order, and grouped under five headings: Early America/1620-1810; Pioneer America/1810-1860; America’s Coming of Age/1860-1890; Turn-of-the-Century America/1890-1910; Twentieth-Century America/1910-1964.  These sections are introduced with a memorable little blurb apiece about that historical period, and a chart apiece giving information about the states admitted to the Union during each of these historical periods.  This is a fascinating, quick and easy book that brings history alive.
 


Wee Sing America Book and CD

  • Author: Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Price Stern Sloan, Inc., 2007. Songbook and CD set.
  • ISBN: 0843112794        978-0843112795
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

63 pages; 41 songs; simple musical notation and lyrics.

 

 
This little booklet and CD set is amazing!  It includes all of the patriotic songs that Americans should have memorized, all in one place, with simple musical notation and lyrics, with one line historical notes about each piece, and with well-known and timeless quotes by great Americans sprinkled throughout (that can be used for cursive practice, by the way).
 
Like The American Song Treasury, this is a fascinating, quick and easy book that brings history alive.  Use it to enrich your study of American history.  Memorize the appropriate (most memorable; most often heard) songs before the end of the year.  An easy and multi-faceted quizzing method is to have the student write the words to the song out, to prove memorization and to practice neat and proficient cursive.  (Feel free to ignore spelling and the fine points of punctuation, Mom.)


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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