Upcoming Activities

Sept 1: Labor Day; NO SCHOOL

Sept 4: JV/V VB @ Mullen; 5/6:00; Early Dismissal Teacher Inservice (1:45)

Sept 5: V FB @ Maxwell; 7:00

Sept 8: JV Football @ Stapleton; 5:00

Sept 10: JH VB @ Stapleton

Sept 12: JV/V VB, V FB v. Stapleton @ Arnold; 5/6/7:30

Sept 13: V VB Seven Valleys Tournament @ Callaway; 9:30

Sept 15: JH/JV VB/FB @ Arnold; 2:30 JH VB, 4:30 JV VB/JH FB, 5:30 JV Football

Sept 16: V VB Triangular @ Brady; 5:00

Sept 18: JV V VB SEM @ Callaway; 5:30/6:30

Sept 19: V FB v. Hemmingford @ Arnold; 6:00

Sept 22: JH VB/FB, JV FB @ Ansley-Litchfield; 3:30/5:30/6:30

Sept 23: JV/V VB Quad @ Merna TBA

Sept 24: School Pictures K-11; 8:00; Preschool welcome at 7:45 am

Sept 25: Parent Teacher Conferences, 5:00-8:00 pm

Sept 26: No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-Noon

Sept 26: V FB @ Burwell 7:00

Sept 27: V VB @ Brady, 9:00

Sept 29: JV VB Mid Plains Tourney, TBA

Sept 29: JH VB/FB, JV FB v. Twin Loup @ Callaway; 2:30, 4:30, 5:30

Sept 30: JV/V VB v. Ansley-Litchfield @ Callaway; 5:30/6:30

Class Songs

Project Title:

Where Will You Be in 20 Years?

Software Used:

ITunes

Microsoft Word

Finale Notepad (or some other music composition program)

Garageband (or real instruments recorded into Garageband)

Subject and Grade Level: Seniors in High School (or you can adjust the unit for other subjects)

Lesson Plans/Directions:

I like to begin this unit by playing the song “Class of 57 Has Dreams” by the Statler Brothers. After they hear the song, it is fun to have them do a quick write (about 5 minutes) of where they think they will be, and where their classmates will be in 20 years.

Once they have done a quick write, then I like to play the song a second time and let them jot ideas as they listen. I then will move on and play songs that are similar and let them continue to write notes as they listen. (If possible I like to have enough songs to listen for about 15 or 20 minutes and I like to have them from several different genres of music.)

We then talk briefly (very briefly since I am not “versed” in music) about the parts of a song. Stanzas, the chorus/refrain, rhyming, syllable count, repeating for emphasis, etc. The kids are then set on a task of finding a song from their own collections that are similar to a class song. By the next day I like to have them list where everyone will be in 20 years (funny, serious, surface, career, family, etc.) I remind them not to hurt each other’s feelings… we all want to stay friends. If this is not possible, then the students can write a fictional class song and not use anyone’s names, locations, job aspirations, etc.

Then they begin the writing process. They need to write a song/poem. (I tell them I don’t grade for quality, but for effort if anyone is really in a panic.) If there is time, they can write music with a composer, use the loops in Garageband, or play the song with an instrument of their own. They don’t have to be a good singer (Adam Sandler-esque), so they can ask someone else to record the words for them with the instrumental. Often bringing in the music teacher to team teach is a good plan and makes it really fun. Who knows… maybe they will want to play song at Class night, a graduation party, or reunion.

Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered:

Music

Writing

Marketing

Standards:

LA 12.2.1, 12.2.2

Suggestions:

After playing songs from my collection (which I try to have songs from several decades), I ask the students if they have songs that are similar in the general message. I encourage them to bring the CDs or put the songs in a folder in their iTunes so it is easy to play the songs when called upon.