Reading Response Exercise #44: Patriotic Songs/Identify Theme, Examine Content and Word Choice, and Extend and Connect with Text

Happy 4th of July!

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Select a few songs to print and make a family songbook.

Before singing together, sit down and read the verses of the songs to each other. Many of the second, third, and fourth verses of these songs are relatively unknown.

Reflect on the words of these songs. Discuss what these songs say, what you find beautiful, inspiring, or moving in them, and the thoughts and memories these songs call to mind.

When you are done, celebrate by singing these songs together in celebration of our Independence. Remember what this holiday is really all about.