The Erl King Musical by Franz Schubert Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


Famous composer Franz Schubert wrote the fast and furious piece The Erl King about a father riding for help with his very sick son in his arms as Death chases them, all sung by one voice. This famous song has a translations of the poem it was based on. Students will enjoy listening to this piece and learning its history through this musical lesson and activities.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several writing activities, musical activities, drama activities, dance activities and art activities included.


Packet Includes:

  • Lesson plan about The Erl King by Franz Schubert
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • The Erl King poem – the literal translation version and the English adaption
  • History about composer Franz Schubert
  • Several language arts / writing, visual art, drama, music and dance activities
  • Lots of Images & Posters
  • Answer Key included


Worksheets & Printables

  • Listen to The Erl King worksheet
  • Schubert & The Erl King worksheet
  • Schubert’s Erl King Art worksheet
  • The Erl King Story worksheet
  • Silhouette Puppet templates that go along with the music
  • Draw the Character: Erl King worksheet
  • Draw the Character: Father worksheet
  • Draw the Character: Son worksheet
  • Spooky Poem worksheet


This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers. The the entire piece is about 4-5 minutes long and the lesson could take about 30 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take 15+ minutes to complete.