Students of pedagogical school in Most

 
 

Read and write - 4 - 6 STEPS

STEP 4

SONGS AND OTHER FORMS OF ART (literature…)

OBJECTIVES

1.get engaged into a literature unit
2.reflect upon the language of music, considering imagery, literary and language devices
3.be able to create various literary devices
4.work together exchanging opinions, ideas and suggestions

CONTENT

- examples of poems/ novels made into songs/ballads : Bob Dylan, De Andrè What is it (may remind of Blake's London), Wuthering Heights, (based on the novel)
-analyse a song in terms of a poem: similes, alliteration, rhyme…

Have a look at an example in the files section below.

METHODOLOGY

The same as in part 2?

.POETRY AND MUSIC ARE VERY MUCH RELATED.

Do you know of any poem which has been made into a song? Or a song which refers to a poem, novel, play????

Here are some useful links to help you out:

4.1.1) SONGS FROM LITERARY WORKS: A long list you have here!!! It's a collection of songs inspired by a work of literature

4.1.2) SONG THAT RETELL A WORK OF LITERATURE : from Wikipedia. Another looooooong list!

ACTIVITY 1: Analyse and discuss the song "The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Bruce Springsteen, and the book: "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.

ACTIVITY 2: Choose two songs that you like from the lists. Write the lyrics, analyse them and compare them to references to the literary work they are inspired from.

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

3) Songs and other forms of art (literature…):
a) The students will research sites related to songs inspired by films, novels, poems….-
b) The Students will choose one song to analyse collaboratively - time, background, singer, style, curious facts, imagery, links with the prototype, etc. Students may draw pics/cartoons inspired by the lyrics.

SOME USEFUL WEBSITES

proverbs ins songs:
http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/proverbinsong.htm

idioms in songs:
http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/idiominsong.htm

poetic terms: a list in alphabetical order
http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html

STEP 5

SONGS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

OBJECTIVES

1. discuss about issues which are presented in songs
2. take part in discussions in a proper way
3. use a weblog

CONTENT

songs which present topics of interest which may be discussed in our blog
ex. We are the World, Imagine, Probably, Jealous Guy Father and Son …

METHODOLOGY

Same as in part 2. Discussions on blog

Worksheets will be prepared which you might use as a guide in your work.

I have already prepared an example. I have chosen a song which you probably don't know - as a matter of fact you never know the songs and movies I mention :(
It is just a draft, a sort of on-going-work but it might help you prepare your own proposal

A lot of songs are about issues which might be the basis for a class discussion. I am sure you know plenty of them! :)

STEP 6

COMPOSE A SONG

OBJECTIVES

1.collaborate as a group and create a song
2.use literary devices and /or idioms
3.reflect upon the language
4.reinforce ability in the use of ICT

METHODOLOGY

convert a rock song into a rap one - changing the genre, keeping the lyrics, recording and uploading it.
All groups from all the countries might work on a single song: we can decide who will start and then how to go on. Each group can suggest changes to what the previous one has done. In the end we might have a general revision. If students agree on a rap song, it shouldn't be so difficult to respect rhythm.

**MART

A'S PROPOSAL:**

Here come some of my proposals for STEP 4 (in fact in the wiki is step 6): COMPOSING SONGS:
To make things easier, I think each country could record their students singing the translated songs into English from different countries. This singing could be a RAP RYTHM, like a chant. You could use any podcast you like. I'm thinking of using www.voki.com ( a funny way of podcasting). These podcasts could be uploaded in the twinspace or national blogs and ultimately in the international blog. Just some of the songs, not all of them.
And to finish off the project we could create a kind of HYMN TO THE PROJECT. Eva from the Czech Republic can help with that. She has offered to create a melody, send it to us and then each country can contribute to a stanza (the lyrics will be written by students). Then Evas's choir will perform it and podcast it.

What do you think?