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Fun Research Assignment idea to share

My HS Chamber Singers has started "It was a Lover and his Lass" by Morley, text by Shakespeare.  I had a sub for the last half of my class period so I gave my choir a very quick research project using their iPads (yes, all of my students have them).  I split them up into 10 groups (3-4 per group) and had them number themselves 1-10 (before showing the research topics). I then projected these assignments on the screen and each group did one presentation. They only had about 20 minutes to prepare before the end of class.  The next class meeting I gave them 10 minutes prep and then each group gave their presentation.  We all learned a lot (especially me!) and they really bought into the process.  We didn't take it too seriously (yet I did give them a group grade) and it was a good way for them to work with a sub for a short time. Obviously, they needed iPads or computers to make this work but you could also take a class to a library or computer lab for the project. I'll definitely do this again with other historical songs.
 
  1. Give a one minute synopsis of the Shakespeare play, As You Like It including main themes and ideas.

  2. Give a dramatic oral performance of the poem “It was a Lover and his Lass” (this was very fun and included much dancing)

  3. Give a one minute presentation on Shakespeare

  4. Give a one minute presentation on Thomas Morley

  5. Give a one minute presentation on the meaning of “It was a Lover and his Lass”

  6. Give a one minute presentation about life in England in 1599

  7. Give a one minute presentation about Shakespeare and his use of music in his plays

  8. Give a one minute presentation about English Madrigals

  9. Present you favorite video performance of “It was a Lover and his Lass”

  10. On Youtube, find a performance of “As you Like it”  and find the scene with “It was a Lover and His Lass” in this video and present to the class

on February 20, 2016 7:27am
Just for a contrast, you should have them listen to George Shearing's It was a Lover and His LAss from his Songs and Sonnets. With acoustic bass, 6 pt and fun!
Carolyn Eynon
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