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What images stand out when you sing your national anthem? Add an artistic twist to patriotic songs—write and illustrate an original anthem.
Any anthem is better than an old one. This was the comment of a young Australian when asked about Australia’s recently adopted national anthem. Until 1974, Australians sang Great Britain’s "God Save the Queen" as their national anthem. Many Australians wanted a song that reflected their history and nation. Australia held a competition for a new anthem. Although there were almost 4,000 entries, none were accepted. Three popular tunes were then proposed and citizens were asked to help choose a winner. By a majority of one million votes, "Advance Australia Fair" won over "Waltzing Matilda." Peter Dodds McCormick had written the winning anthem almost 100 years earlier!
Ask students to identify the national anthem of their home country. Do they know the words and melody for the national anthem? Invite students working in small groups to learn about the history behind the words, images, and music of their country's anthem. Provide text and electronic resources to assist with this investigation. When research is complete, students come together to discuss their findings. Ask if they are surprised by any of their learning. Also ask if students feel the words reflect the country they know today.
Even if they love the national anthem, challenge groups to brainstorm new or additional words to describe their nation. Write ideas on a white board with Crayola® Dry-Erase Markers. Suggest students choose words that tell about their country’s people, cultures, history, arts, landscape, visions, and future.
Working in small groups with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, students copy the words they might use for an original anthem. Write new music if so desired, or use a familiar melody.
Student groups create a presentation of their updated anthem on posterboard. Include drawings of the images the words describe with Crayola Twistable Slix Sticks Crayons.
Students cover work areas with recycled newspaper. With Crayola Watercolor Paints and Brushes, students accent the illustrated anthems using a crayon resist technique. Air dry flat.
Each group of students presents its updated national anthem to classmates. Artwork should be integrated into the presentation.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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