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MCEALessonPlanForm

Name:AlissaAnker
Date:September15th,2014
School:Elementary
GradeLevel:5thgrade
Subject:LanguageArtsandMusic
Lesson:ReflectingonMusicalExperiences
LearningObjectives(Listspecificallywhatthestudentswillbeabletodooncethelessoniscompleteandcommon
coreorcontentstandardsreferencedinbrackets.Remembertousethelanguagefunctionofthediscipline):

Studentswillchoseandwriteaboutapromptthathasthemreflectonamusicalexperience.
MU:Re8.1.5Demonstrateandexplainhowtheexpressivequalities(suchasdynamics,tempo,timbre,
andarticulation)areusedinperformersandpersonalinterpretationstoreflectexpressiveintent
MU:Re7.2.5Demonstrateandexplain,citingevidence,howresponsestomusicareinformedby
thestructure,theuseoftheelementsofmusic,andcontext
Studentswillwriteabouthowtheycanincorporatethetechniquesthattheperformersusedintotheirown
musicalexpression.

Linkstoothercontentareas:Thislessonconnectstomusicbecauseitisaskingstudentstofirstthinkaboutsome
typeofmusicalexperiencethattheyvehadeitherasanaudiencememberoraperformer.Itthenasksthemtowrite
abouthowthoseexperiencesmadethefeelandtheywillidentifytheelementsofthemusicthatcreatedthosefeelings.
AdvancePreparation(Gathermaterials,previews,
technologysetup,etc.;placereadingtitlesinitalics):

PlannedProvisionsforDifferentiatedLearning
(VarietyofLearners)

Writeprompts
Handoutblanklinedpaper

Ifstudentshavetroublewriting,theywillhavetheoption
todiscusstheiranswerswiththeteacher.

ManagementandClassroomCharacteristics

Studentswillbegiven10minutestorespondtothepromptthattheychose.
Theywillbegiventhreechoicesforprompts.
Studentswillbeexpectedtoremainsilentduringworktime.
Ifstudentsarehavingtroublewithwhattowrite,theyareencouragedtotalktotheteacherforhelp.

LearningTasks

Studentswillbegiventhreechoicesforpromptsthatareaboutamusicalexperience.Theywillpickone
andwriteasmuchastheycanabouttheirtopicfor10minutes.
Studentsareexpectedtolistthespecificsoundsandelementsofthemusicthattheyhaveheardinthe
musictheyaredescribing.
Theclasswillhavea5minutediscussionaboutwhattheywrote.

Introduction(hook)(Capturestudentsinterests;identifythepurposeofthislessonreferbacktocentralfocusand
linkstopriorknowledge/experiences):
Whocanraisetheirhandandtellmewhotheirfavoritesingeris?
Whydoyoulikethemasasinger?

Todayyouwillpickapromptthatasksyouaboutmusicandhowitshowsemotionthroughsounds.Iencourageyou
tobeasspecificasyoucanwhendescribingthemusicyoucanlistinstruments,talkaboutthevolumeofthemusic,or
describethesoundslikecrashing,raindrops,orbuzzing.Forexample,ifIamdescribingarocksongthatIthinkmakes
mefeelexcited,Imightsaythatthehighnotesofanelectricguitarcreatethatfeeling.
Development(Instructionalstrategiesareintroduced,keyquestions,studenttasks,applications,useofacademic
language,transitions,timeestimates;thisisthebodyofthelesson,plusdifferentiation;again,centralfocusis
emphasizedthroughout):
1.

Introduction(seeintroductionbox).(3min.)

2.Studentswillthenbegivenpaperandpickoneofthefollowingpromptstowriteabout:(10minutes)
a.

Whatisyourfavoritemusicalperformanceyouhaveeverbeento?Itcouldbeaplay,aconcert,oramusical.
Describeyourfavoriteperformanceandexplainhowyoufeltwhileyouwerewatchingit.Didyoufeelhappy,
sad,excited,etc?Explainwhattheperformersdidtomakeyoufeelthatway.Whatsoundsinthemusic
createdthoseemotions?Thinkabouthowyoucandosomeofthosesamethingswhenyouareperforming,
talkinginfrontoftheclass,orpracticingmusic.

b.

Whoisyourfavoritesinger/band?Whyaretheyyourfavorite?Whatdotheydowhentheyaresingingand
performingthatmakesyouwanttolistentotheirmusic?Describethespecificsoundsorinstrumentsthatthey
useandhowthosesoundshelptomakemusicthathascertainmoods.

c.

Listentothesongthattheteacherprovidesforyou.Howdidyoufeelwhenyouwerelisteningtothatsong?
Didyoufeelsad,happy,anxious?Whatelementsinthemusicdoyouthinkhelptomakeitfeelthatway?Did
youenjoylisteningtothissong?Why?

Closure(Summaryoflearningbythestudents;relatetoobjectives;linktonextlesson;centralfocusisemphasized):
Therewillbeawholeclassdiscussionaboutwhatthestudentswroteabout.Itwillfocusonhowmusicusesdifferent
soundstoportrayemotion.(5min)
Keyquestionsfordiscussion:
1. Whichpromptdidyouchooseandwhy?
2. Didyoufindthesetopicshardoreasytotalkabout?
3. Whowouldliketoshareaportionoftheirwriting?
4. Whyisitimportantforustoknowhowandwhymusiccreatescertainfeelings?
5. Howcanyoulearnfromsomeoftheseperformersabouthowtobecomeabetterperformeryourself?
6.
Inournextlesson,wewillbetakingalookathowbookscreatecertainfeelingsandhowtheydothat.
Extensions(alsoknownasdifferentiatedlearning)(Specificideasforgroupsorindividualswhofinishearly,
suggestionsforfuturelessons):
Studentsareexpectedtowriteforthefull10minutes,butiftheyfeelasthoughtheycantwriteanymore,theycan
answeranadditionalprompt.
Assessmentofstudentperformance(Clearevidencethattheobjectiveswereactuallymet;informalandformal
assessmentofstudentslearning):
Theteacherwillobservehowmuchthestudentsunderstoodtheactivitybylisteningtothemduringthediscussion.The
teacherwillalsoreadandleavecommentsonthestudentsprompts.