Sea Chanties & Call-and-Response Poetry

Duration: 60-90 mins



Grade Levels

Middle SchoolHigh School


Students will explore several sea chanties or “work songs” sung on sailing ships. They will look at the language involved, reasons for singing them, and examples from well-known movies. Students then write their own sea chantey using creative writing.

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