A New National Anthem
Students analyze the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner, then investigate how a 1991 musical rendition of the song by Whitney Houston and a poem by Ada Limón provide them with deeper insights and understanding of the U.S. National Anthem. After, students create a new version of the national anthem by either creating an erasure poem from the lyrics or writing a response to Limón’s poem or the original anthem.
High School, Middle School
Civics, English Language Arts, Music
Ada Limón, America, citizenship, identity, national anthem, poem, poetry, star spangled banner
Academy of American Poets
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