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Looking for a creative way to assess student learning?
Have students create a track list of songs that convey concepts they've learned, write out lyrics to select titles, design an album cover and more!
-description of project
-"pitching your album" directions
-album cover template
-music video storyboard template
-example of unit outline (world history) to guide students' writing
-post project student reflection
-post presentation award nomination template
Some things I do not have available to share, but are needed to effectively conduct this project with your students:
This project can take up to several weeks, depending on which components you assign. It is highly recommended that you break the assignment into chunks. For example, the first day you could introduce the project, and model how to write the song titles and explanations. After giving students a set number of days to work on this aspect of the project, move onto the next (eg lyric writing), and once more begin by conducting a think aloud and modeling the process.
It is fun to wrap-up the project by having individual student presentations or doing a gallery walk of their posters.
Extension ideas: have students go above and beyond by actually performing a song or making the music video that they storyboarded.
I have done this project with world history and psychology students, but it can easily be adapted for other content areas.
Students get to be creative, and the results are fun--the most memorable song title in my psych class was "Puff, Puff, Pass...Now there's Dopamine in my Synapse". I was amused and impressed :)