Tone is a difficult concept for students to grasp in Language Arts because it is hardly ever specifically stated in the text. Students have a much easier time uncovering emotions in classical music even though it also is never specifically stated. By studying classical music and its use of dynamics and using words that show tone in correlation with dynamics, students will be able to gain a better grasp of the idea of tone in literature. Students will have a working understanding of musical vocabulary that describes the dynamics of a piece of music and how that relates to the overall tone.
In the years following World War I, American composers like Ferde Grofé (1892 – 1972) sought new models of composition to authentically capture the American musical identity. The Grand Canyon Suite (1931) by Grofé reflects a strain of American composition in the 1930's where orchestral works depicted scenes of American life in a modern world. Inspired by the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, Grofé paints a musical impression of a day in the canyon for the listener, translating the beauty of nature into a tangible art form.
This lesson uses Maurice Ravel's Boléro as a way for students to "hear" the writing process. In this lesson, students will learn and practice all five stages of the writing process (prewriting, rough draft, revise, edit, final draft).
Students will identify the sound and appearance of different musical instruments, and write descriptive sentences using sensory adjectives and possessive nouns to describe the sound produced by each instrument.
This language arts lesson focuses on how to retell the story of the Three Little Pigs. The musical objective is for students to replace the characters in the original version of the Three Little Pigs with musical instruments. Students show their understanding of the instruments they choose by writing in the sounds and physical features of each instrument.
This is a lesson that integrates technology and music. Through this lesson, students complete several activities, including: 1) recognizing how body language and visual images (paintings and photos) convey emotion or meaning; 2) discussing what fonts are (i.e., styles of text) 3) deep listening and describing musical pieces, including comparing and contrasting musical pieces; and 4) using a template with descriptions about each music piece, students select an appropriate font to match the music.
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.
Students will learn the structure of "March of the Trolls" by Grieg and compare it to the structure of a poem. Students will write a poem that has stanzas inspired by the themes in the music. Student will learn key vocabulary that is similar to or related between classical music and poetry.
My lesson is an introductory lesson on tempo. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary terms of largo, moderato, and presto. Students will relate these terms to their own environment, through movement with their bodies, and then apply this knowledge to music.
Students will explore hyperbole, theme, and morals in this lesson. Students will be able to identify hyperbole and analyze themes in literature. The students will also understand the components in a myth and be able to apply their learning while writing a myth. Students will write myths explaining a natural occurrence using classical music as an inspiration.
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.