94. This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Paintings by Kathy Jakobsen
Topics: America, Great Depression, Dust Bowl, traveling, migrant camps
Units of Study: Social Issues, Talking and Writing About Texts, Personal Essay
Tribes: mutual respect
Habits of Mind: responding with wonderment and awe
Reading Skills: interpretation, envisionment
My Thoughts: I started a ‘song of the week’ tradition in my classroom this year. Each day while students enter the classroom and unpack we listen to a song together. By the end of the song students are expected to have unpacked and come to the rug with their lyrics. At the end of the week we sing the song together. This week’s song just happens to be “This Land is Your Land”. This morning while on my walk I passed by a bookstore which displayed the picture book version of the song in its window. I was so pleased! Kathy Jakobsen’s paintings compliment the lyrics well. (She also illustrated the book, My New York.) I can’t wait to read this to my students this week. Seeing the pictures will help them visualize the lyrics of the song. In the version my students sing there are three verses that are omitted. This is one of them:
“In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people; By the relief office I seen my people; As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me?”
It made me wonder why I had never heard these lyrics growing up. I hope to have a lively whole group discussion after reading this book aloud. I also plan on revisiting this text during the Personal Essay unit when I’ll ask students to observe the world around them and ask difficult questions.
Entry filed under: Picture Books, poetry. Tags: America, Dust Bowl, envisionment, Great Depression, interpretation, migrant camps, mutual respect, personal essay, responding with wonderment and awe, social issues, talking and writing about texts, traveling.