This is an engaging and creative way for your elementary and secondary students to analyze music! Not to mention a great way to show how we music teachers implement "common core." This also covers the top tier of Bloom's Taxonomy (creating). Not only do students create stories to accompany classical music, but they also have to keep their main ideas succinct enough to fit into the book in a chronological way.
I love this lesson because it can be used again and again with different pieces of music, so it will work well for a substitute once your students have tried it once with you.
1. Students listen to music in order to isolate musical elements
2. Student use these elements that "refer to the text" (in this case the
"text" is the music).
3. Student turn these elements into a storyline for their tiny books that
they must author and illustrate.
4. Students present their books and support their ideas by referring
back to the examples listed on their worksheet.
5. It's fun to get into a classroom discussion over the various
interpretations of the music.
The books are very easy to make, all you will need is a pair of scissors for a minimal amount of cutting, and something to write with.
This fun project works well for intermediate elementary grades, all the way to high school general music classes. If your school is using the FFT model, it will definitely show student pride in work, and it also opens up your lessons to be a student-led discussion group. Students have a great time arguing their points-of-view!
What you will receive:
1. Suggested Use Instructions with examples of musical selections
2. "What's the Story?" Worksheet
3. Mini-Book template
4. Mini-Book sample with pages already filled in
5. Mini-Book Diagram with photo instructions
Also try my Dynamics Mini-Book: Carmina Burana