Students will combine all their skills from the past sessions to create the first draft of their liner note, for their song.
What Your Students Will Learn
This is where all the skills and tools students have developed over the past four weeks come together. In this lesson, students will be combining the following things:
- Their knowledge of liner notes as a genre
- Their practice with discussing and talking about music and musical structure
- How lyrics are written and the messages they can deliver
- The historical context in which a piece of music resides.
To prep for this session, for the popular song the class discussed in sessions 2 and 3, prepare a dry and dull sample liner note beforehand. Use plain language, avoid specifics, and do not use proper terminology.
Common Core Alignments
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 11-12 here.)
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
What Your Students Will Produce
By the end of the lesson, each student will be able to take ownership over their own work that represents their full expertise on a song of their choosing. Students will feel like experts that can persuade others about how to interpret a piece of music and musical history.