Internet access to YouTube
Computer with projector (for students to view YouTube videos)
Speakers (for students to hear the YouTube videos)
– Watch the video lesson linked above. During the video, students will participate in speaking and singing activities for a given excerpt of the Star-Spangled Banner.
– This video features the United States Capitol Building, its history, and the congressional act making the SSB the national anthem.
– By the end of the lesson series, students will have rehearsed and performed the entire first verse of the Star-Spangled Banner.
– Applicable online resources and activities are provided at the end of this page to supplement the video lesson (optional).
Standards – National Association for Music Education
PreK – Eighth Grade
MU: Pr6. 1.– a – Perform with expression…
MU: Pr6. 1.– b – Perform appropriately for the audience…
MU: Cn11. 0.– a – Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts…
Ninth Grade – Twelfth Grade
MU: Pr6. 1. E. 5a – demonstrate attention to technical accuracy and expressive qualities in prepared and improvised performances…
MU: Pr6. 1. E. 5b – Demonstrate an awareness of the context of the music…
Visit the Capitol Building’s Website
– Lesson plans about the historical meaning in the artwork of the Capitol Building
– Lesson plans about being a congress member
– Visit online versions of historical exhibits
Visit the Architect of the Capitol’s Website
– Video tours of the Capitol building and other landmarks on Capitol Hill
– Information on the craftsmanship used in building the Capitol
– Information about the artwork within the Capitol Building
– Information on the Legislative Branch of government
– Standards-based lesson plans and online resources