Yankee Doodle Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

''Yankee Doodle'' is a popular song known to Americans of all ages. In this lesson plan, students will learn the meaning of and the history behind the song. They will also compose lyrics to their own ''Yankee Doodle'' song.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the origin and meaning of the song ''Yankee Doodle''
  • Write lyrics to a song similar to ''Yankee Doodle''


45 - 50 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.



  • Begin by asking students if they know the song ''Yankee Doodle''.
  • Encourage students to sing what they know of the song.
  • Ask students if any of them know what the song is about or how it came to be.
  • Tell students that they are going to learn about the history and meaning of the song.
  • Give each student a printed copy of the lesson.
  • As a class, read through the lesson together. Pause occasionally to discuss:
    • During what war did the song come to be?
    • What was the original purpose/use for the song?
    • What was the meaning behind the words Yankee, doodle, and macaroni?
    • What else do you now know about the song?
  • Check for understanding by:
    • Asking students to raise their hands to share something that surprised them about the lesson on ''Yankee Doodle''.
    • Answering any questions students might have.
    • Administering the lesson quiz/worksheet.

Group Activity

To reinforce learning, use the following activity.

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