Objective: I can use my imagination and descriptive detail to tell a story about what I see in the painting and hear in the music "Isle of the Dead." Agenda:
Entry Task: When you see the title, "Isle of the Dead" what comes to mind?
Take a close look at the painting. Jot down a few ideas about what you think might be going on there on a scrap piece of paper.
Title a new page in your story section“Isle of the Dead”
As you listen to the music, approximately 20 minutes, write the story you think is being represented.
If you get stuck, look back at the painting or your list of ideas; you should be writing as long as the music is playing.
You will be given a 5 min. warning when the song is coming to an end. You should try to give your story a resolution during that time.
Get a different colored marker or pen than you wrote in.
After writing, using the new color, you will S.T.A.R. your work. This means:
S: Substitute any words or phrases that are bland using a thesaurus, synonym finder, or new ideas. T: Take-away any parts you don’t think fit. A: Add any ideas you didn’t get to during the writing. R: Rearrange any ideas that seem out of order or would be better placed somewhere else.
Trade your story with a partner. Write a note to your partner about the differences you see between their ideas and your own.
Be prepared to share the topic of your story with the class.
Exit Task: Answer at bottom of your journal: Why do you think there are so many variations even though we all looked at the same picture and listened to the same song?
With thanks to Cheryl Forster’s Workshop: Music as a Springboard for Writing, NIWP 2011