Lesson Listings: Blues Songs
Overview | Part One + Two | Demonstration Example | Reflection Write | Students'
- Analyzing music for theme
- Drafting poetry
- Discussing Blues history and workshopping poetry
- Creating contrast and ironic twist in poetry.
- Evaluating images as symbols in poetry
- Analyzing own poetry for theme, irony, and symbolism in terms of how an audience can
- Finding and sharing new information from Blues Songs websites
- Analyzing music for theme, contrast, and ironic twist
- Mini-report on Blues research
- Original Blues Song
- PowerPoint Blues presentation of self-created song
- Reflective essay about the Blues song
This activity reinforces critical thinking skills of synthesis, analysis, and evaluation
while studying elements of theme, contrast, and ironic twist. Interaction is
encouraged through periods of small group discussion and workshopping their songs.
The setting is student-centered, encouraging self-exploration into blues topics of personal
interest and creating original songs and presentations.
Notes about doing this activity
Part one and two of the project can be done separately or together. Part
one takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete, depending on if all steps are
followed. Part Two requires two to six hours to accomplish depending on if the
PowerPoint files are incorporated. Lastly, the Reflection Write can be done in class
or as homework. I have my students outline and write the first draft in class, then
revise for homework. In Michigan, the reflection is excellent practice for the HSPT
in terms of writing a cognitave piece through outlining, drafting, and revising.
Students felt pushed with creating the songs and learned much from the experience.
They particularly enjoyed the visual interpretations created using PowerPoint.