“It’s your boy Honest Abe,” Yancey, 31, begins over an instrumental track, “making this song to shut down the lames.”
The troops are mad and losing
Slowing them down is a doozy
Soldiers are ready and ruthless
With rifles and ironclads, too
In another video, Yancey tackles Adele's "Hello" to teach his students about Cherokee Indians and the Removal Act of 1830.
Yancey, the school’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, said he began making songs based off his lessons about three years ago, to an overwhelming response from the students. Most of the songs, he admits, aren’t even in his playlist.
“A lot of them I don’t know the words to,” he said by phone Monday. “But the students like them.”
The songs always come after the lesson on the same subject. He said it’s his way of making sure the information sticks.
“It’s not just random things that are being thrown together,” he said. “I’m very intentional ... on what content I’m delivering. I’ll do the lesson, and I pull it all together in a song.
“I’ve seen kids (from a few years ago) bring up the songs.”