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Boogie Woogie with a B

Using alliteration while exploring the patriotic tones of the
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

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By now, you should have listened to the song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” sung by the Andrew Sisters, and you should have read out loud the lyrics. You should now have a pretty good idea about why this song was so catchy and uplifting in its day.

 You’re now going to create your own version of this song by imitating the original. Your new song--like the Andrews Sisters'--should promote patriotism.

Ask yourself this to get started: "Since that Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy came from Company B, who would come from Company C? Company D? Or E?"

You can try any letter (other than B) and play around with it.

Start with a four-word title: Remember, the second word has to rhyme with the first, like how Woogie rhymes with Boogie. Woogie is a nonsense word, but it rhymes. The third and fourth word should be alliterative with the first word.

Once you have a title, create new lyrics that could be sung along with the original song's music.

Make sure that your word choice is “just right” and that your message is clear. Promote patriotic spirit as best you can, and have fun with the alliteration.

 You will now brainstorm using a graphic organizer and then turn it into a song that can be sung along with the Andrew Sisters’ "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Be creative, original and have fun. Practice saying your words out loud to hear the rhythm, sound and rhyme.

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1st word
2nd word
3rd word
4th word
Can you come up with an original title that might have been sung during the WWII era to promote patriotism?

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