JAZZ, POP, and ROCK your students into clear and refined thinking... using this rockin' writing toolkit with its familiar and 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. Then prompt your students to analyze the manner in which mood is expressed by each musical element.
The planning page of this resource 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.
This toolkit focuses on the HOW of expository writing – and includes 5 musical terms to help students determine exactly how music expresses mood: in tempo, rhythm, pitch; in heavy sounds and light sounds. I've also included a definition of literary mood and 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.
Includes an Editing and Revision Checklist and an Analytic Rubric for quick and accurate marking.
A euphonic opportunity to investigate the creation of mood across genres!