By listening and then responding to multiple versions of the song “Summertime,” students will understand how songs can convey various moods. Writing about a personal summertime memory, students will try to mimic a mood from one of the song versions during a number of quick-writes. At the end of the week, students will pick one summertime memory from their quick-writes to expand on and take through the writing process. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait for this lesson is voice;
as students write short five minute pieces on summertime experiences they match the mood of the song they just heard.
The support trait here is word choice;
by providing a graphic of various faces conveying a particular mood and many mini lessons, students choose and then utilize new vocabulary words to express certain feelings/emotions.
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