Ballads

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Ballads are songs that tell stories; they have been a part of English literature and just about every English-speaking culture. Students can learn ballads that have been written by other people and they can write their own (working in groups makes this more possible). Because ballads are cultural artifacts, classroom activities involving ballads may also meet social studies benchmarks as well as literacy benchmarks.