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Johnny Cash: Personal Narratives Inspired by Johnny Cash

Grades: 6-12
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  • Overview

    This lesson plan is designed to be used with the 1969 documentary, Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, which shows a collection of scenes from Cash's life and a number of concert performances. Since Cash's songs frequently reflected his life experiences, classrooms can use his music to inspire personal narratives.

  • Johnny Cash: Concert Performance: Five Feet High and Rising (Clip 1 of 3)

    In this clip, Johnny Cash performs his song "Five Feet High and Rising."

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  • Johnny Cash: Dyess, Arkansas (Clip 2 of 3)

    In this clip, Johnny Cash visits his hometown in Arkansas.

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  • Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash's Childhood Home (Clip 3 of 3)

    In this clip, Cash visits his childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.

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  • Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music Trailer

    In this classic 1969 documentary, the Man in Black is captured at his peak, the first of many in a looming roller-coaster career. Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album, Cash reveals the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. Director Robert Elfstrom got closer than any other filmmaker to Cash, who is seen performing with his new bride June Carter Cash, in a rare duet with Bob Dylan, and behind the scenes with friends, family and aspiring young musicians. Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music paints an unforgettable portrait that endures beyond the singer's 2003 death.

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Common Core State Standards

Reflect on the topics of Johnny Cash's songs, analyze his songs for his writing methods and strategies, and then draw upon your own childhood observations and life experiences to write a personal narrative that includes sensory details.


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    Credits

    Robert Elfstrom

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Funder: The Educational Foundation of America


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Funder: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-grayscale