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Teacher Uses Music to 'Prompt' Strong Student Writing

Teacher Uses Music to 'Prompt' Strong Student Writing

Any type of writing, especially creative writing, can be difficult for students, but there may be a way to make it a little easier. 

Teacher Nathan Garvin finds that using music can "elicit creative, deep, and original writing in his classroom," said an article on Garvin is a seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts and Reading Teacher at a middle school in Texas. 

Garvin plays music for writing prompts and accompanies these prompts with images. Students are "instructed to write a paragraph about which image they feel is the best match for the song. Being as specific as they can, they have to articulate why they chose that image."

Gavin said one thing he enjoys about the activity is that students go off in different directions. Some students tell mini stories, while others talk about emotions the song brought to them.

I usually play the song through twice to give all the students time to write. When it ends, I ask them to log in to Edmodo. On Edmodo, I’ll have four posts that simply have the letters A, B, C, and D. I ask them to reply to the post that has the letter they chose and type their paragraph. I give them a few minutes to read the other students’ writing, then I wrap it up and move on with class.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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