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Lesson Plan 4-2: Parody in Music

Music During the War of 1812.

Disney’s popular hit Let it Go has sold millions of digital copies worldwide. Given the song’s popularity, it should be no surprise that it is also the source of countless parodies. American musical heritage is rich with parodies—some of which have eclipsed the success and popularity of the original tunes that inspired them. The Star-Spangled Banner, a song that celebrates American resilience and independence, is a parody of a British tune.

In this lesson, students will immerse themselves in the study and creation of parodies. They will uncover the history of our national anthem, learn about the events of the Battle of Baltimore, write and perform parodies with their classmates.

This interdisciplinary lesson aligns to Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

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