Words & Music

Teach Language Arts Through Lyric Writing

Teacher Resources, Grades 7-12

  • Program Length

    45-minutes, 10-lesson unit

  • grade levels


  • curricular connections

    Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

  • select standards

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.W National Association for Music Education Standards 6-9

Teacher’s Guide for Grades 7-12



  • Darius Rucker - "This"

    Written by: Kara Dioguardi, Frank Rogers, and Darius Rucker

    Performed by: Darius Rucker

    [Time: 3:32]

  • Miranda Lambert - “The House That Built Me”

    “The House That Built Me”

    Written by: Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

    Performed by: Miranda Lambert

    [Time: 5:01]

  • Mickey Guyton - "Bridges"

    Written by: Victoria Banks, Emily Doty, Mickey Guyton, and Karen Kosowski

    Performed by: Mickey Guyton

    [Time: 3:09]

  • "Me and Bobbie McGee”

    Written by: Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster
    Performed by: Kris Kristofferson
    [Time: 4:30]

  • "Me and Bobby McGee”

    Written by: Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster
    Performed by: Janis Joplin
    [Time: 4:26]

  • "I Hope You Dance”

    Written by: Mark D. Sanders/Tia Sillers
    Performed by: Lee Ann Womack
    [Time: 5:33]

  • "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

    Written by: Hank Williams
    Performed by: Randy Travis
    [Time: 3:41]

  • "Wide Open Spaces”

    Written by: Susan Gibson
    Performed by: The Chicks
    [Time: 4:40]

  • "Bless the Broken Road”

    Written by: Marcus Hummon/Bobby Boyd/Jeff Hanna
    Performed by: Rascal Flatts
    [Time: 4:16]

Extension lessons expand student engagement with the songwriting craft. Extension lessons are intended for use as supplementary lessons with the whole class or small groups.

Songwriter Biographies

Students read brief songwriter biographies and research and write their own to increase their engagement with the craft. Use any time after LESSON 1.

Historical Connections

Students explore songs based on historical events and written from various points of view. Use any time after LESSON 4. Pairs best with LESSON 7.


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