Workshops and Residencies
Zak Morgan's creative writing residencies of three to five days use music and storytelling to exercise students' imagination and encourage reading. Look under Resources on this page to hear a couple of the original songs written and performed by Zak and students from these residencies. Click on the files below for a sample of a recent residency.
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» When Bullfrogs Croak
» The Candy Machine
» The Barber of the Beasts
» ZakLand DVD
Zak's Music Study Guide
Students can identify and perform simple rhythmic, melodic, or chordal patterns on classroom instruments.
» Lesson Plan 1: When Bullfrogs Croak
» Lesson Plan 2: Hungry Things
» Lesson Plan 3: The Unicorn
» Lesson Plan 4: The Spider’s Web
» Lesson Plan 5: The Butterfly
Zak's Literature Study Guide
A pre-program guide prepares students to look for literary devices during the performance, while a post-program guide provides exercises in reading comprehension.
» Writing Arts & Humanities
» Practical Living
» Bibliography of Zak Morgan’s Favorite Books
» List of Zak Morgan’s Biggest Musical Inspirers
» The History of Song
What Teachers Say About Zak's Study Guides
"Thank you for creating a unique program that encourages reading, writing and using your imagination through books."
» Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian
- St. Joseph School, Sylvania, Ohio
"Zak Morgan’s songs provide a fun way to teach students the elements of music, and they are easy to incorporate into your daily lesson plan. My students’ familiarity with Zak Morgan’s songs made his concert much more meaningful. It was like meeting a pen pal for the first time."
» Wayne Luessen, Music Educator
- Yealey Elementary, Florence, KY
Superfudge, Judy Blume
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Danny, Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl
Grimm Fairy Tales, by The Brothers Grimm
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
The Twits, by Roald Dahl
The Witches, by Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, by Roald Dahl
Faust, by Goethe *
The Lottery Rose, by Irene Hunt
The Bridge to Terebithia, by Katherine Paterson
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss *
Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein *
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein *
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling *
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak *
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift *
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
* Directly referenced in the show.