Getting student’s to consider theme, characters, tone, mood etc. can be difficult when all they look at is the plot. Best way to have them look for the true meaning of a piece, feelings of a character, tone of a story by allowing them to compare it to music. Middle school students love their tunes and getting to create a sound track will get them talking! They need to justify why they are choosing the songs which not only helps them think about their choices, BUT it has them provide proof. Have them hand in their project or get them to do a presentation. Rubric included.