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Activity Overview


The song “This Little Light of Mine" is a gospel song that was originally written in the 1920s. Over time, versus have been added and changed, and it became one of the official songs of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Its lyrics brought people together as they fought for the equal rights of everyone, regardless of skin color.

This song can be used in a number of ways as an activity for younger kids, or older elementary aged students.

A suggestion for grades K-2 would be to listen to the song as a class and sing it together, memorizing the words. Discuss the meaning of the lyrics as a class, and have the students create a cell that highlights their favorite part of the song.

For grades 3-5, teachers could hand out a copy of the lyrics and discuss the meaning as a whole group or in small groups. Be sure to pay attention to how the song relates to the Civil Rights Movement, and why it is pertinent to that time in history. Students would then create a cell that illustrates a part of the song and its meaning.

*Please Note: this song is written as a gospel song, and references Satan.*


”This Little Light of Mine” Lyrics

This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine


All around the neighborhood
I'm going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I'm going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.


Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.


Don't let Satan (blow) it out!
I'm going to let it shine
Don't let Satan (blow) it out!
I'm going to let it shine
Don't let Satan (blow) it out!
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.


Template and Class Instructions

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Instructions for K-2

Due Date:

Objective: Students will create a cell illustrating their favorite part of the song.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Create a cell that illustrates your favorite part of the song. Be sure to use graphics that relate to the song!


Instructions for 3-5

Due Date:

Objective: Students will create a cell illustrating and describing the meaning of a part of the song.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Create a cell that illustrates and describes the meaning of a part of the song. Be sure to use graphics that relate to the song!

Requirements:

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1] Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/5/5] Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

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