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JAZZ, POP, and ROCK your students into clear and refined thinking and writing... with this rockin' writing toolkit and its familiar, high-interest topic of music. With lists of MUSICAL TERMS and MOOD WORDS as guides, help your students explore mood in music as they identify musical elements that do the work of expressing mood. Perfect for any high school English course! (1 pdf file, 5 pages)
This toolkit has 3 parts: a clear 3-page planner that divides the writing task into 3 sensible sections: preparation, content, and structure; a revising & editing checklist, and a 4-point writing rubric with descriptors that match the planners:
• Planner: the first section of the planner is all about preparation: students are prompted to listen to & choose music, then identify its mood using the included lists of musical terms & mood words; in part 2 of the planner, students work out & record the content of their writing; and in the 3rd part, students plan out the structure of their writing. These planning pages outline a 3 paragraph essay with introduction, body, and conclusion. Sentence models are provided so students can see the logic in pairing assertions with examples.
• Checklist: a 1-page revising & editing checklist for students to use after first drafts & final revisions.
• Rubric: I’ve included an analytic rubric to help make marking & grading a little easier. The descriptors on the rubric are closely aligned to the planning that students worked through.
I wrote this task for "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" but it can be adapted to use with ANY short story or novel.
A euphonic opportunity to investigate the creation of mood across genres!
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