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Follow The Drinkin' Gourd (Free Music Download)

Follow The Drinkin' Gourd was a song sung by African American slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.The code-word "drinkin' gourd" refers to the Big Dipper constellation which slaves followed to find their way north to freedom.

Teaching sequence

  • Introduce the song by singing one of the verses for you students.

  • Use call and response to teach the first verse

  • when the students have become familiar with the melody teach them the other verses or let them attempt to learn them on their own.

  • Once your students are familiar with the melody and can sing acapella or accompanied by a single instrument add the GrooveTrack.

  • Use lower volumes so the students can hear themselves and slightly louder volumes as they become confident in their singing

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