In this assignment, students will write their own music review of an album of their choice. In my experience, this is something that they get excited about, since they can express their own opinions about music that they are probably passionate about.
There are short questions broken into five subsections. Students will respond to each of the questions (these are about the artists' backgrounds, music genre, unique sounds and songs attributed to the artist, content and message of the album, etc). Once they have answered each of the questions in the subsections, students will then use their handout as a guide to write an actual music review. The final product will be a five paragraph review. The handout is all that's needed for the pre-writing and writing process, but it might be a good idea to have internet available for those students that need to do a little bit of research on their artist.