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I just reread your question. A couple years ago I taught “This Land is Your Land” as part of my Patriotic songs unit. I downloaded the original Woody Guthrie recording for a dollar on Amazon. I put it onto my iPod and played it for my classes. They enjoyed singing with the recording more than with the piano (me playing badly 😛 ). To be honest, I teach Grand Old Flag to my younger students – K-2. They sing then march to it. There’s not much you can do with it … it’s a march. Re: America the Beautiful, play them Ray Charles’ version then a more classical version. RC did an amazing job – very soulful.