O Christmas Tree Lesson Plan

O Christmas Tree Lesson Plan

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INSPIRE:

Listen to the song “O Tannenbaum” composed by the German composer, Ernst Anshutz. Do the students recognize the Christmas carol that was based on this German folk tune?

PRACTICE:

Explore the literal translation to English:

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Yes, it does!

Practice the lyrics below!

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree

How loyal are your leaves/needles!

You’re green not only in the summertime,

No, also in winter when it snows.

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree

How loyal are your leaves/needles!

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree

You can please me very much!

How often has not at Christmastime

A tree like you given me such joy!

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree,

You can please me very much!

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree

Your dress wants to teach me something:

Your hope and durability

Provide comfort and strength at any time.

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree

That’s what your dress should teach me.

How do these lyrics differ to the ones for “O Christmas Tree” in the WURRLYedu app? What reasons do the class think are for the differences in the literal version and commonly sung version?

Explore ideas such as rhyme scheme, rhythm, and how different sayings don’t work in different languages. For instance, referring to pine needles as being loyal.

Work together as a class to create a new version of the lyrics based on the literal translation.

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RECORD:

Record the classes new version of “O Christmas Tree”.

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REFLECT:

Do the students like the new version? Are there any parts they like better in the common translation? Do they think that translations will generally change things?

TAKE IT FURTHER:

Create Christmas decorations to decorate the class for the recording of the song.

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

iOS, Android, or Chromebook device.

DIFFERENTIATIONS:

If you don’t have time to make a new version, have the class record both the original German version and the English translation in the WURRLYedu app.

SUGGESTED ASSIGNMENTS:

Write a new verse for the song “O Christmas Tree” and record it.

SKILLS:

MUSICAL and EXTRAMUSICAL

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