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the Mood for Creative Writing
the Mood for Creative Writing:
Overview: Use music to create a mood for creative writing. Use
a CD or tape player and bring your own music or ask for suggestions from
your music teacher.
- Different ideas for music that could be tried for different lessons:
something the students normally listen to, classical (sample the whole
gamut), environmental recordings of rain forests or thunderstorms, world
music from different native cultures, electronic or space music, opera.
- While listening, students can write about the music itself, or you
can give them a specific idea to start with, e.g. write about being
home alone during a thunderstorm while a thunderstorm CD is playing.
- An alternative is to give students a regular writing assignment, but
play the music to create a different atmosphere for writing.
- What works for one person may not work for someone else, so while
opera may relax you, it may set a student's nerves on edge.
- This is a perfect opportunity to also introduce different kinds of
music to your students. In many cases, they will be unaware that some
kinds of music even exist.
- Use soft background music while students are sharing their stories
with the rest of the class.