Your Land, My Land, Woody's Land, Too
Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate listening skills.
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the folksinger, Woody Guthrie, and his legendary song This Land Is Your Land.
PrintOne Thirty-Forty Minute Class Period
The learner will
- sing This Land Is Your Land.
- use the vocabulary of the song This Land Is Your Land.
- state a fact about Woody Guthrie or the song This Land Is Your Land.
- The book This Land is Your Land (see Bibliographic References)
- Recording of This Land Is Your Land (see Bibliographic References)
- Guthrie, Woody and Arlo Guthrie. This Land Is Your Land. Rounder Kids C8050. Rounder Records Corp., 1997.
- Guthrie, Woody and Kathy Jakobsen. This Land Is Your Land. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.
Anticipatory Set:Play the song "This Land Is Your Land." Ask: Have any of you ever heard this song before? Does anybody know anything about this song?
- Tell the class: This is a famous song about our country. We are going to learn about the man who wrote and sang this song.
- Refer to the book's second to the last page in This Land Is Your Land that begins with "Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912." Either read or paraphrase the two pages about Woody's life.
- Introduce the following words (and any others) that you find to be difficult for your class):
- migrant - a worker who travels from one place to another in search of work.
- merchant marines - ships that are owned by the country and take supplies to people in war time.
- Emphasize that Woody Guthrie wrote songs for everyone. He wrote songs to lift the spirits of people who were having a hard life.
- Read the book This Land Is Your Land. Check for understanding of the following vocabulary:
- valley - a long, narrow, low land between mountains.
- desert - a dry, often sandy area with little rain and few plants.
- No Trespassing - do not enter.
- steeple - a tall tower on the roof of a church.
- relief office - a place where people go to get help: clothing, food, a place to stay.
- Sing the song "This Land Is Your Land." Use the book as a guide for the lyrics.
- 2nd Grade Extension: Print out the words to the song on chart paper. Have students take turns reading verses and highlighting vocabulary and/or rhyming words.
Have students turn to a partner and share one thing they learned today about the song or its writer. Second grade extension: Learners could write a journal entry after the partner share. They could also write the definitions of some of the vocabulary words.