Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS – “Sing, Sing a Story”

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS – “Sing, Sing a Story”
By Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

To add a little sweetness to December, here is a brand new FREEBIE to keep kids tuned in and turned on to learning,  Comprehension and Writing - "Sing, Sing a Story".

Comprehension and Writing - "Sing, Sing a Story"
This FREE Middle and High School ELA activity, focuses on the food that feeds students' minds, hearts and souls- Music. Students choose one of two projects to complete in pairs, and if need be, one trio.

For "Option 1: A Lyrical Conversation," each duo/trio chooses a situation from the story that presents clear characters and conflict. After summarizing the circumstance, they create a dialogue that is formed from 90% existing song lyrics that show the conflict and characters. The narrative elements should be in regular prose. A detailed Example of a dialogue is included.

For "Option 2: A Song Story," students-again in pairs and one trio, if uneven class numbers exist, summarize the whole story-or novel- and then create a song-story, like Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer,: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody,or Tracy Chapman's, "Fast Car".The story that the students spin must clearly, yet succinctly, show the whole story-its characters and conflict.

Students should have time in class to work on this activity, such as 30 to 55 minutes, depending on their skills and abilities. To finish this activity, students may work in class the next day, and/or complete it as a homework assignment. Teachers select their desired option, depending on their students’ skills and abilities and their objective(s) for the activity. Two to three days for the students to present their projects in front of the class will complete this activity.

With "Sing, Sing a Story," students will be thrilled to keep tuned in to their music and turned on to showing their comprehension, writing and higher level thinking skills. Teachers will want to dance to the music of their students' learning.

Happy Teaching,


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