Erlkonig Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Students will learn about Erlkonig in this lesson plan. They will preview the song before delving into an informational text. Students have choice and voice in their performance tasks in this lesson plan.

Lesson Objectives

  • Understand the meaning of Erlkonig
  • Analyze an informational text about Erlkonig
  • Create an artistic representation of Erlkonig

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.a

Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.


  • 60-90 minutes


  • Copies of Erlkonig: Music and Analysis, one per student
  • Copies of the quiz, one per student
  • Blank writing paper
  • Poster board
  • Paint
  • Mobile devices with video-editing software
  • Audio clip of Erlkonig

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