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Designed for a middle school setting for general music, this unit opens with an excerpt from Fantasia 2000, featuring Camille Saint-Saëns Finale from 'Carnival of the Animals'. The students are then asked to create their own story and artwork for one of the other pieces within this work, based on whichever animal they feel the piece depicts. Students use the song to inspire them to choose an animal and develop a three paragraph story about what they are doing, and choose three visuals to create a Google Slides presentation with a minimum of six slides in total. At the end of the unit, each group presents their story and the unit closes by unveiling the actual animals described by this work.
**Note this does include a grading rubric for super easy grading during the presentation!
As an extra reward, I have been known to show students the book at the end, or even to share the Bugs Bunny version of Carnival of the Animals as well following the unit! (which can make this unit end up taking a day longer)
MU: Pr4.2.7c Identify how cultural and historical context inform performances and result in different music interpretations.
MU:Re9.1.8a Apply appropriate personally developed criteria to evaluate musical works or performances.
MU:Cn10.0.8a Demonstrate how interests, knowledge, and skills relate to personal choices and intent when creating, performing, and responding to music.
MU:Cr2.1.8a Select, organize, and document personal musical ideas for arrangements, songs, and compositions within expanded forms that demonstrate tension and release, unity and variety, and balance, and convey expressive intent.
MU:Cn11.0.8a Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life
MU:Pr4.2.8c Identity how cultural and historical context inform performance and results in different musical effects
MU:Re7.2.8b Identify and compare the context of programs of music from a variety of genres, cultures, and historical periods.
MU:Re9.1.8a Apply appropriate personallydeveloped criteria to evaluate musical works or performances.