A Sample 5-day Residency in “Song Writing as Response to Literature”
April 24 — Medieval Folk Ballads. Visiting song writer and former Advanced Placement teacher, Mrs. Schultz, introduced this literary and musical genre from the Middle Ages by performing examples and discussing characteristics of the form. Students practiced the form by writing some group stanzas "ripped from the headlines."
April 25 — Students did pre-writing to review favorite literary characters, important themes, and pivotal scenes in this year's reading. They reviewed ballad characteristics and then wrote a five stanza ballad.
April 26 — We shared several ballads via overhead and gave them the Gilligan's Island test. Students listened to some downloaded SIBLs from the Artists for Literacy site to identify literary devices that are particularly effective when used in songs.
Students wrote a verse to Roberta Schultz's "Braver Self" verse pattern.
April 27 — Students worked on discovering poetry and song in their own prose with the "Christmas Memory" writing exercise.
April 28 — Open mic! Student and teacher performances, coffee house style. Igor even brought in a lovely "mix tape" he created especially for the occasion.