PLEASE NOTE:  It is YOUR job to preview these things for appropriateness based upon the age, grade, and maturity of your students.  If I link to another website, it is because I found it cool.  It might not be appropriate for your students either and would need to be previewed by you as well.  I can not control what others put on their sites, I only control this one.

When We Die

This song can be found on the CD/Album titled The Great Burrito Extortion Case.   It's available from local CD shops or Amazon.com for around $10.00.  The song you can buy as a single from Walmart.com for .88c.  If using the whole CD, be aware that other songs have some explicit lyrics.

The main reason I like this song is that it emphasizes that it is never too late to do the right thing, especially repair relationships with those who are important to us.  It makes one think about regrets and that there may come a day when they cannot be changed. Namely, if a loved one who you've had a falling out with passes away.  Note that I did leave out some repetition of the chorus because I wanted it to fool kids into thinking it is a poem, not a song, and I also wanted it to fit on one side of a piece of paper (it's a teacher thing).

Here  are the parts of the lesson in three formats; use those you feel most comfortable with and remember to always give credit to the authors; Jaret Reddick, Butch Walker, and Bowling for Soup as the writers and performers of the song; and me as the creator of this lesson plan and the associated documents.

When We Die Lesson Plan HTML PDF DOC
When We Die Lyrics HTML PDF DOC
When We Die Brainstorm Worksheet HTML PDF DOC

Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access the PDF files. The DOC files were created with Microsoft Word.

For more info on the state educational standards for Florida and Texas, click the following links:
Florida Sunshine State Standards

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

I am really looking forward to Jaret's thoughts on this to see if I interpreted the song as he meant.  Will update this page at that time. 

The When We Die Video

Click this link to see the When We Die Video at YouTube. 

Or, see it by clicking the player below to see it on Sony Music Box.  (Isn't Jaret just cute as pie!?)


Play Bowling For Soup’s “When We Die”

Note that many school systems block YouTube and other video services.  Try a couple and see which work for you.  If they all skunk you, well...complain real loud that you need access to those services on whatever date you want to use the video. It is possible that your school can allow you network permissions to access one of these websites for the day.  But, if they have a specific policy about this, they need to follow it so don't freak out if the answer is NO! Make do. That's what teachers do anyway, isn't it?


Created & Copyrighted
7/17/2007
by Tamara Rutenber
Last modified
7/17/2007