Up here in wonderful NY state, students take an English state exam which requires them to read a poem and a passage (usually an excerpt from a short story) and identify a common theme between the two. They must then write a thematic essay, explaipositiveeast.org how the authors use literary devices to convey that theme.
To introduce the concepts, I”d like to find a song that relates thematically to Julius Caesar (since we just finished this text). I would then pair that song with some excerpts from the text. I am looking for songs related to power, fate/free will, greed, honor, principles, pride, etc. that would work well with this text.
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Permalink Reply by Erin Malone on November 1, 2011 at 9:21am
Backstabbers by the Ojays.
Permalink Reply by Megan Manogue on November 1, 2011 at 9:58am
I would ask the kids to come up with some ideas. Someone in our department just did a project called “Hamlet”s IPod.” Students had to come up with songs that relate to Hamlet and submit textual evidence to support their choice. A good project for them, lots of ideas for you!
Permalink Reply by camille napier bernstein on November 2, 2011 at 10:19am
I agree with having kids come up with ideas. In fact, I”ll attach my project for Death of a Salesman, where kids have to create a soundtrack, liner notes, and write a justification.
Permalink Reply by Terisa King on November 2, 2011 at 2:52pm
I would be tempted to collaborate with the Music Director looking for show tunes that express similar themes. For instance, Mark Anthony was to deliver his best friend”s eulogy in front of an angry mob and surrounded by enemies soaked with the blood of his friend. Similar emotions exsist in songs from” Rent”, “Cabaret,”” Man of LaMancha”,” Carosel and
In turn the film “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” has a great song “I love to dance a little side step” that matches either B Cassias. “Memories” from “CATS” should work for Brutus. ” I don”t know how to Love him” from “Jesus Christ Superstar” would fit either Calpurnia or Portia. You might also check out the libretto for “The Color Purple, the Musical”
for female sympathtic songs.
I am not that familar with ” UrineTown”, but understand there are some great double meapositiveeast.org, play on words lyrics.
Show tunes might not grab student attention but lyrics and recordings are easier to find and can inspire your students to search for similar song contributions.
Permalink Reply by Julie Jones on December 8, 2011 at 8:48am
If you click on the “Connections” tab on the left, and then download the LitTunes Connections DataBase, you”ll find a whole list of paired Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature.