Local Story-telling Through Ballads

Lesson - Grades 7-12

CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM

As background, students define “ballad” as a story-telling genre and review typical characteristics of ballads as well as the six stages of plot development and theme, through example of a fairy tale.  

Then, students apply these concepts by analyzing up to three songs (two set in the Flint Hills and one from popular culture).  Students listen to song(s) and read lyrics, then identify ballad characteristics, interpret 6 plot stages, and state theme.  

Students complete Ballads Quiz as assessment reviewing terms, plot stages and ballad characteristics.

To extend learning, students can write their own ballad based on a personal experience, by adapting local folklore (legend) or true story reflecting a significant aspect of their local community’s history and culture.  

Language Arts, Music, Social Studies