The Star Spangled Banner Unit- Music Presentation- Literacy/History Connections

The Star Spangled Banner Unit- Music Presentation- Literacy/History Connections

This can be used by 1st-12th grade students.

Included: PDF, 67 Pages

This unit is all about “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the National Anthem of The United States of America. This product could be used in music classes, as well as social studies classes. The unit can also be used to fulfill cross-curricular literacy and history connection activities.

The presentation slides, which include SafeShareTV clips to various performances of The Star-Spangled Banner are the main attractions of this package. You can find both traditional and modern examples, as well as examples from Presidential Inaugurations or Super Bowl performances.

>>>>> ADDED AS OF 2021: If you would like to use YouTube, a separate page has been created.

The pack contains a number of different types of assessments and worksheets as well activities and handouts. Below are descriptions and suggested grades for what’s included.


RE-WRITE THE BANNER LYRICS – Ideal for centres or other groups. The lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner are provided for each line. After reading the lyrics, the student can rewrite them in their own words. They are available in both two formats: there is one prompt per page and four per page. (Grades 5-8)

EXPLAIN THE BANCER –Here is an extended version of the above activity. Instead of just one song, students are asked to recreate the entire Star-Spangled Banner from scratch. The teacher could ask students to tell the story in their own words, as if the person was new to The Star-Spangled Banner. (Grades 6-8)

BUILD YOUR OWN BANNERStudents create banners that represent themselves and their beliefs (similar to a coat-of-arms activity). Students are provided with a section at the bottom that allows them to explain the flag’s markings. (Grades 4-6)

MAKE A TIMELINE You can use this as a form of assessment in the presentation or to refer back to the handout. The dates are listed and students will be asked to describe the year that led to The Star-Spangled Banner being adopted as our national anthem. (Grades 4-8)

VOCABULARY HANDOUTA list of definitions and all necessary vocabulary is available. (All Grades)

LYRICS FOR THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER The pack includes two pages of lyrics. One in color which you can display as a poster and one in BW, which you can either print on colored paper, or make into handouts. These can also be given to students for additional assessment. (All Grades)


PREDICTIONS PAGEThis can be used before telling your students that they’ll be studying about The Star-Spangled Banner. The students will predict the answers to three questions. They’ll then complete the final answer once the unit is completed. (Grades 4-8)

FOLLOW THE LINKS TO GET MORE INFORMATIONThe fill-in the blank assessment and short answer portion of the presentation will be required. (Grades 5-8)

EXIT SLIPPERS –Six pre-made exit slip assessments are included with brief, representative questions about the learning. You can also print one page without answering any questions to communicate your thoughts with your students.

CROSSWORD PUBZLEKeys included. Use the vocabulary sheet. (Grades 5-8)

WORD SEARCHKey included. It can be used exactly as it is. (All Grades)

COLORING SHEET “MY AMERICAN FLAG” –Enjoy the fun: (Grades 5 and Below)

You are the only one who knows your students’ abilities and performance with specific activities. As well as the assessments I provide, it is encouraged that you create your own assessment.

You can choose from two kinds of presentations:

  • PowerPoint presentation with editable slides, if you so choose.
  • If you would like to make the presentation exactly as it is, please download my PDF file “Ready-to go”.


This presentation doesn’t contain actual video or audio files. The presentation only includes links to SafeShareTV in its last slides.

SafeShareTV removes YouTube videos from YouTube and minimizes distractions such as autoplay, related videos and, best of all, ads! It is recommended that students use a safe-viewer in class. Also, I edited the videos so that there was no unnecessary start time (like applause), so that you can get to the music right after clicking the link.

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SafeShareTV, YouTube and YouTube are not required to use this activity. You just need to delete the slides showing the examples.


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