Coat of Many Colors: Teacher Notes
Dolly Parton is a sensational musician, performer, songwriter, and busineswoman. I live in Atlanta, GA and we live withing driving distance of Dolly Parton's home and her successful theme park called Dollywood. If we were in my classroom I would be sharing this song through one of my favorite illustrated books. Since we are sharing through digital learining I found an alternate way to share the song with kids through an illustrated video from Dolly Parton's YouTube channel and a video of Dolly herself! At the end of this post I have a couple options where you can ask kids a follow-up question about the song/storytelling intent or share biographical information about Dolly.
What I share with kids:
Dolly Parton is a well-known recording artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Dolly plays a variety of instruments like guitar, mandolin, banjo, and flute. People can easily recognize her voice whether she's speaking or singing. Dolly is not just a performer but also a well-known songwriter. She has written over 3,000 songs so far!
The video below shows one of Dolly's most famous songs called "Coat of Many Colors." This song has been performed by many recording artists over the years and Dolly recently made a book about the story (which you can see in animated format below).
She sang her famous song "Coat of Many Colors" on The Voice a few years ago and I happened to find a recording! Watch below and Dolly sings the song and tells her story on live TV.
Why do you think Dolly wrote a song about this story? People were making fun of her because of how she looked and dressed. Is she writing the story to tell about how she had her feelings hurt? Is the story about the mean kids who made fun of her? Is the story about her relationship with her mother? What do you think "Coat of Many Colors" is really about?
You could also include biographical information
Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, and actress. She has become one of the most successful female country artists in history, with 25 number-one singles (a record for a female country artist) and 41 top-10 country albums (a record for any country artist).
Her 1967 song "Dumb Blonde" was heard by country singer Porter Wagoner, and he asked Parton to be a part of his television show. Her single "Jolene" reached number one in 1974, becoming a solo artist, though still performed and recorded with Wagoner.
In the fifty-four years since her debut, Parton has become one of the most famous country artists in the world.
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