While reading and performing Shakespeare's Hamlet, students will learn about the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia. Students will explore the idea of love further through music, specifically Richard Wagner's three-act opera, Tristan und Isolde. Students will compare and contrast the different types of love expressed (in both the opera and the play) as well as compare and contrast the way love is communicated through music and dramatic performance.
The students will have a deeper understanding of the vocabulary words: gather, exciting, cooperate, activity and exhausted. Students will be able to compare and contrast two pieces of music, distinguish between real and fantasy, fiction and non-fiction. Students will be able to sequence a story, telling about main events and using vocabulary.
In this lesson, students will analyze and explore story elements while listening to the first movement, Allegro ma non troppo, of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony. Students will be able to define setting, plot, theme, and imagery (figurative language) and identify the above elements in a story. Students will apply their knowledge and create their own story elements.
In this lesson, students will continue practicing sequencing (putting events in a logical order) after listening to the opening of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, first movement, Allegro con brio. Students will create a storyboard with pictures and captions to describe the events that developed as they listened to the music. This lesson will encourage students to listen to music to develop a story. They will complete a storyboard to draw and then write the sequence of events that occurred throughout the music.
This lesson provides students with an opportunity to listen to music and express their feelings through describing words, as they learn how to express themselves verbally. Using Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, we compare the music of two characters at a time and complete a Venn diagram of describing words. Students select their favorite character, draw a picture of the character, and write a sentence or two about the character, using the descriptive language from our Venn diagrams, as they develop vocabulary and enhance their writing.