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Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit

Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
Mood in Music: "Explain Away" Expository Essay Writing Toolkit
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Do you want a writing lesson plan to really POP? With 'Mood in Music' you can ROCK and JAZZ your students into explaining how a story's mood is expressed in music. This 5 page pdf includes lists of MUSICAL TERMS and MOOD WORDS, content and structure planners – plus editing checklists and a rubric – to get your students writing.

The structure planner outlines a 3 paragraph essay with introduction, body, and conclusion and is easily ADAPTABLE to a single paragraph writing task or to a 4 or 5 paragraph essay.

The toolkit focuses on the HOW of expository writing – and includes 5 musical terms to help students determine just how music expresses mood: in tempo, rhythm, pitch; in heavy sounds and light sounds. Also includes a definition of literary mood with 24 mood words sorted into negative and positive lists. Sentence models are provided so students can see the logic in pairing assertions with examples.

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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