Bring out the Rock Stars in your Classroom! It's balanced Literacy at its most creative!
Whether you have musically inclined students or not, you just need to spice up the everyday routine at times. Trigger motivation and refresh student attention with a different approach to comprehension!
My students love doing this as a group reading activity!
Use this creative and fun activity as a formative or summative assessment for any of the following:
whole class novels
novels in literature circles
short stories and..
Various other types of literature selections
This versatile item contains printables for students to use in English, science, history/social studies, etc. And, teachers can quickly grade comprehension and understanding of text with the easy to use rubric included.
When students need to prove capable of recalling, comprehending, or understanding information, it's amazing how easily it is retained when they put their knowledge into a song or rap, esp. a tune they all know!
Students compose songs based on an event or significant passage from a novel or short story that you are reading or have finished reading.
You can also have them choose to create a song about different elements of the story/text.
All groups perform song for the class--and, as you and classmates are entertained with a stellar performance, you are able to quickly determine depth of knowledge and grade them right then using the included rubric.
Of course, you can modify requirements or change subject matter to a concept, process, historical time, etc.
Possibilities are endless.
This tool provides an easy and fun way for students to LEARN material and not just memorize long enough for a test.
PDF file containing the following:
-Notes for teacher
-A Song or Rap Writing & Presentation Rubric for Teacher Use for Grading
-2 Student Handouts: A Passage/Event Information worksheet & A worksheet for writing their Rough Draft of Lyrics, Related Title, & Chorus
My students listened to their audio recordings a long while after performing (something I decided to do) and it was impressive the amount of information so quickly recalled about the book they had read!
Note: I usually record the audio during their performances so that they can listen after the presentations. Then, I burn discs for students to keep if they want one. And, as mentioned, it's something you can go back to for reviewing and they will be totally entertained listening to each others songs.
Great for upper elementary, middle school, or high school ages/grades.
I've had total success with novels as well as short stories, (Short Story Example: "The Ransom of Red Chief" short story) as a post reading activity.
Another Perk? You are left with samples and items to add to a portfolio....audio style!
Additionally, let your classes listen each others' songs, which exposes them to various approaches in writing and various perspectives of a text.
You can talk about all kinds of things to do with the lyrics in connection with selected text!!
Have fun with this! I had a blast!
Thanks so much!
Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections