Internationally acclaimed Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and American soprano Renée Fleming perform songs from contemporary and classic Broadway productions at the annual Faenol Festival in north Wales. Using the songs from RENÉE FLEMING & BRYN TERFEL: MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, this lesson draws on Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to help middle school students appreciate the wonder and beauty of the romance in many of Broadway's musicals.|
Six to eight class periods plus homework time.
Music, Literature, Writing, Technology
1. Take useful notes from a program video.
2. Synthesize information from a variety of sources.
3. Research and create an oral report about an important term, person, or musical connected to the video.
4. Express an understanding of the personal background of each performer.
5. Interpret the content of various songs performed.
6. Express feelings about various pieces through drawing.
7. Respond to the performance in a meaningful manner and discuss opinions.
8. Understand the use of personification and metaphor in song.
9. Write a meaningful story using the literary devices of metaphor and personification.
Standard 1, Level I: Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
1. Prewriting: Uses a variety of prewriting strategies (e.g., makes outlines, uses published pieces as writing models, constructs critical standards, brainstorms, builds background knowledge).
2. Drafting and Revising: Uses a variety of strategies to draft and revise written work.
3. Editing and Publishing: Uses a variety of strategies to edit and publish written work.
5. Uses content, style, and structure (e.g., formal or informal language, genre, organization) appropriate for specific audiences (e.g., public, private) and purposes (e.g., to entertain, to influence, to inform).
Standard 4, Level III: Gathers and uses information for research purposes.
2. Uses card catalogs and computer databases to locate sources for research topics.
5. Determines the appropriateness of an information source for a research topic.
6. Organizes information and ideas from multiple sources in systematic ways (e.g., time lines, outlines, notes, graphic representations).
8. Uses appropriate methods to cite and document reference sources (e.g., footnotes, bibliography).
Standard 7, Level III: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.
3. Summarizes and paraphrases information in texts (e.g., arranges information in chronological, logical, or sequential order; conveys main ideas, critical details, and underlying meaning; uses own words or quoted materials; preserves author's perspective and voice).
4. Uses new information to adjust and extend personal knowledge base.
6. Draws conclusions and makes inferences based on explicit and implicit information in texts.
7. Differentiates between fact and opinion in informational texts.
Listening and Speaking
Standard 8, Level III: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
1. Plays a variety of roles in group discussions (e.g., active listener, discussion leader, facilitator).
2. Asks questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas.
7. Makes oral presentations to the class.
Standard 9, Level III: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
1. Understands a variety of messages conveyed by visual media (e.g., main concept, details, themes or lessons, viewpoints).
6. Understands how symbols, images, sound, and other conventions are used in visual media.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Standards 3-7, 12
Standard 3: Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.
Standard 4: Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
Standard 5: Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
Standard 6: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.
Standard 7: Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
This lesson was prepared by Courtenay Carmody.