Middle School Lesson 27: Songwriting 2

Concepts:

In this lesson you will

  • “Frère Jacques” – sing, write new words
  • #78 “She Waded in the Water” – sing, write new words
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – sing, write new words
  • write new words for just one of the songs, or for all three!

Objectives

  • I can sing songs with familiar melodies.
  • I can write new words for a familiar melody.

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: Frère Jacques

1 Sing "Frère Jacques"

I this module, we will explore some simple songs you could use as melodies for a piggyback song.

Start by singing "Frère Jacques".

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Song Used: Frère Jacques

2 Try writing your own words for "Frère Jacques"

Song Used: She Waded In The Water

3 Sing song #78 "She Waded in the Water"

Listen to the first verse of the song.

Play the video again and sing the song.

The melody of this song comes from the song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
This melody has often been used as a melody for piggyback songs.

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Song Used: She Waded In The Water

4 Sing "Pink Pajamas" to the same melody

Sing “Pink Pajamas” to the same melody.

I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it’s hot
I wear my flannel nightie in the winter when it’s not
And sometimes in the springtime
And sometimes in the fall
I slip between the covers with nothing on at all!

Glory, glory, hallelujah, Glory, glory what’s it to ya,
Balmy breezes blowin’ though ya
With nothing on at all.

Song Used: She Waded In The Water

5 Create your own words to this melody!

If you have a printer, a pdf of this page is in Supporting Resources.

Here are some ideas to start:
I rode my bike...
I want to eat...
I think that...
I wish that...

Song Used: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

6 Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".

This is another song that has been used as a piggyback melody.

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7 Try writing new words for "Take me Out to the Ballgame"

Try writing new words for "Take me Out to the Ballgame".

Here are some ideas to get you started:
I don't want...
I like eating...

If you have a printer, a pdf of this page is in Supporting Resources.

8 Use the Search engine to explore shorter songs

You could use many other songs for your new piggyback song. If you don't know these songs, use the search engine below to find recordings of them.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
BINGO
Row Row Row Your Boat
Mary Had a Little Lamb

9 Choose a tune from one of the songs you’ve explored and write your own song.

Choose a tune from one of the songs you’ve explored and write your own song.
You can use one of the starter ideas given, or you can invent your own.
If you have time, write more than one verse
My mother...
I don’t like.....
My teacher...
Home school.....
Stay home...
Homework is.....

If you have a printer, you can use the worksheet in the Supporting Resources.
If you don't have a printer, just write the assignment on lined paper. Illustrate if you like!