The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


"Tell Me Something Good": Music and the Language Arts

Suggested Grade Level: 1-4

Many songs tell stories, describing characters and their adventures in particular places at particular times.  This class looks at some of the great stories of rock and roll and examines how lyrics can establish a setting, introduce characters, and develop a plot.  Through exciting recorded performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees like Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, and Chuck Berry, and the Police, students learn how narrative can be developed.  They will act out undersea adventures on a “Yellow Submarine” and imagine what it would be like to be “Johnny B. Goode” by drawing what they hear and read in the lyrics, all while learning to summarize and retell the stories told through rock and roll.

Related Standards:  English-Language Arts, Fine Arts-Music

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Director of Curatorial Affairs Howard Kramer talks about the importance of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck Berry.

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Class Resources

We'll talk about the setting in the Beatles' song "Yellow Submarine."

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Continue offering this program. It is very educational and offers students many experiences outside school and home.
- Michael White, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
'Tell Me Something Good’ relates to our Literacy standards. It is a fun and engaging way to review narrative elements.
- Karen Thomas, Case Elementary
[‘Tell Me Something Good’] offered a unique way to show the students how to relate writing to something fun and exciting.
- Linda Clark, Avon Heritage South