October 28th, 2000
Hank Williams: Still Singing After All These Years
Lesson Overview


In this lesson students will learn about the legendary country and western singer Hank Williams. Students will think critically about a set of country and western music facts and predict whether the statements are true or false, write a bio poem based on the life and work of Hank Williams, and create a class “Hank, We Can’t Help it if We’re Still in Love With You” poster.

Grade Level:



Two 50-minute classes and a homework assignment


Language Arts

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • write a bio poem that reflects the life and music of Hank Williams.
  • create a poster that expresses the reasons for Hank Williams’ legend status.


National Standards:

McRel Language Arts, Level 4, Standards



Standard 2

Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing

Uses precise and descriptive language that clarifies and enhances ideas and supports different purposes (e.g., to stimulate the imagination of the reader, to translate concepts into simpler or more easily understood terms, to achieve a specific tone, to explain concepts in literature)

Uses a variety of techniques to provide supporting detail (e.g., analogies; anecdotes; restatements; paraphrases; examples; comparisons; visual aids, such as tables, graphs, and pictures)

Standard 7

Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts

Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts (e.g., textbooks, biographical sketches, letters, diaries, directions, procedures, magazines, essays, primary source historical documents, editorials, news stories, periodicals, catalogs, job-related materials, schedules, speeches, memoranda, public documents, maps)

Standard 8

Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes


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