Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Poetry Walk Remix--Nature

In this project students select and mix lines from poetry with appropriate music. The theme of this mix was "nature walk."

We mixed Walt Whitman, Longfellow, and Trifonic.

“The smallest sprouts show there is really no death” (“A Child Said, What is the Grass” by Walt Whitman)

“Have you reckon'd a thousand acres much? have you reckon'd the earth much?” (“Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman)

“You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,) “(“Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman)

“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss,” (“Evangeline” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

“I bounded o'er the mountains, by the sides

Of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams.” (“Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth )

The lines were mixed with Trifonic's "Transgenic" samples.

Metamorphosis: Audio Play Scripting

The following example was provided by Kate Mazzetti. It's an audio play based on an excerpt from Kafka's Metamorphosis. Turning a work of prose into a audio play is riddled with 'teachable moments'. Unlike Reader's Theater, the focus is not on prose fluency, so a faithful translation of the text is not required. This unit describes the creative decision a student should confront when transferring between print to audio.

Decisions such as what information should be conveyed through dialogue? through narration? through sound effects? need to be made.

Decisions on vocabulary need to be made as well. For example, in the text, the word 'fretwork' was used. Is it too obsolete to be understood and should it be replaced with 'wood work'? Should it be kept because it adds color and richness to the scene?