The Overstory encompasses all realities—historical, sensual, virtual—making this masterpiece astonishingly ambitious. Powers, winner of the National Book Award in for his breathtaking Echomaker, is always ambitious. Powers embodies his environmental cautionary tale for the New Millennium in some of the best-fleshed-out characters in recent memory. Significance with deep, deep roots.
But we know that teaching involves lighting a spark in students that motivates, inspires, and makes them want to learn and achieve. Students who may not connect with a book or article in class just may connect with a popular song they are familiar with when you make it part of instruction.
Once I find a song I think may work, I use the site AZLyrics to search the title of the song so I can read all the lyrics in their entirety. Close Reading and Listening! Last year I shared how I got my feet wet with close reading in my post, " Investigating Nonfiction Part 2: Digging Deeper with Close Reading.
While I apply many of the same principles I used with nonfiction text to look closely at lyrics, there are a few differences, especially when I get the lesson started. My favorite part of doing close readings with songs is when my boys and girls realize for the first time that their favorite head-bopping song actually has a story behind it.
The songs they are listening to are really just stories, and the songwriters are authors. After this introduction, my students are hooked and that's when we get going. The next step is to listen to the song. If you own the song, you could play it off your phone or a CD; I frequently play it off of YouTube, letting my kids hear the sound only.
After listening to the song, my students write down the name of the song in the first column, what they think the song is about in the middle column and what they are wondering or curious about in the last column.
After listening a second time, students complete the next row of the I Hear, Think, Wonder sheet, then talk over their findings with their partner once again.
If time allows, they listen a third time. Normally, when the song is played multiple times, my students start listening more carefully, and for the first time, many begin to realize there is more to the song than a catchy beat. I ask my students what they notice about the lyrics.
Using the Close Reading sheet below, my students read through the songs with their reading partners three times.
Music, especially music your students are familiar with, makes great text for close reading. My students come to understand listening to a song and even reading through it once does not always equate comprehension, and they quickly realize the value of close reading with their favorite songs so they can appreciate the story behind the song.Pearson Prentice Hall and our other respected imprints provide educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services across the secondary curriculum.
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And sail back to the good old days. Sail to the old village schoolhouse, Anchor outside the school door, Look in and see, There's you and there's me, A couple of kids once more.
School days, school days, Dear old golden rule days. 'Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic, Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick. You were my queen in calico.
Model Skills and Strategies with Engaging Texts. Model fluency and expression as well as close reading strategies, such as asking and answering questions and citing evidence, and a variety of literary and foundational skills with the Shared Reading Books.
Reading and Writing in Pre-K Child moves name from house to school. Favorite Song Chart—List the favorite songs and finger plays of the class on chart paper or poster paper. Draw a picture clue for each song. During large group time, have Morning Message—Begin day by writing name of day on board.
Add information. Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing By Genia Connell. Grades 1–2 relevant songs that are school- and age-appropriate. my students write down the name of the song in the first column, what they think the song is about in the middle column and what they are wondering or curious about in the last column.