Music plays a major part in many of our children's lives. With the growing celebrity culture influencing our young people on a day to day basis, it is vital that this music is harnessed in class. It is easy to forget that music and lyrics are a form of Literacy and can be integrated into the English curriculum to bring stories to life and even be used to pick our grammar and sentence structures! Below are a few ideas...
1) The Musical WAGOLL! - Why not play different types of music and sounds whilst reading a story. You could use sound tracks from films that change as the story grows in tension or wonder. This will keep your children engaged and could be used to start a lesson on creating an atmosphere.
2) Writing Music! - We here at Literacy WAGOLL love to use writing music (found on YouTube) to set a working atmosphere in the classroom. Usually we choose sounds or music that fit the context of the narrative. We use jungle sounds for a jungle story or Tudor music for a historical story.
3) Use song lyrics - It is easy forget that lyrics in a song are a brilliant form of poetry and literacy. This would be a brilliant start to a Literacy unit and an excellent WAGOLL to start with. For example 'Lucy in the Sky' by the Beatles paints an image of an imaginary world full of strange objects...
"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
'Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes
Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she's gone...'
What a great way to start an imaginary world topic and a super link to some abstract art! Other song lyrics include the videos below!
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