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Mnemonic's the Tonic

Last changed: 05/01/2018 1:44pm
K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Music English
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 60 min
Combo In-School Performance & In-School Workshop In-School Workshop for individual classes - Grade Level
September, October, November, January, February, March, April
$10 60
no Phone , Email
Martin provides an electronic Study Guide for composing Mnemonic Songs including a Rubric. Martin provides one copy of EASY 'A's Songbook, which includes sample mnemonics and a cd for the grade-level or the school library.
Large Whiteboard/chalkboard and markers.
Copies of the Study Guide. Students should be ready with pencils and paper.
Martin can move easily from classroom to classroom for the workshops.
He would like access 30 minutes prior to the first classroom workshop.
Martin needs an auditorium or multi-purpose room for the optional grade level performance at the end of the day.
I can create a poem.
I can create a song.
I can create a mnemonic to help me remember key facts that I want to remember.
I can work with my friends to create this mnemonic.

Mnemonic's the Tonic
A Mnemonic is a memory device, or a "brain-trick" to help remember information -- the "ABC" song is a well known example.

The students and teacher identify a current lesson in any subject. Without the teacher's help, the students must clearly explain the subject to Martin, adding any companion ideas, details, vocabulary and definitions. Martin scribes the information in exactly their words, and asks leading questions as needed to complete and clarify the information. The students organize the information into a coherent order and information flow, highlighting key elements and eliminating tangent ideas. The teacher is then invited to review the information and offer suggestions as needed.

The language and vocabulary are grade-level appropriate. For younger grades, Martin facilitates the discussion by offering suggestions or language and sound choices. Older students make and evaluate their own suggestions for how the lyric is constructed.

Martin and the students brainstorm and choose a simple song familiar to them all. Martin facilitates the students processing the information into rhyme and meter which matches the original song's form. Completing the song involves edits, re-writes, punctuation and other changes as discussed by the group.

Martin likes to bring the students together at the end of the day for a mini grade-level sharing performance.

Each classroom can pick their own curriculum theme and the "piggy-backed" song. Even if they pick the same topic in all the classes, the song will probably be different and the construction will be unique.



TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:
Critical Thinking and Creativity
Problem solving
Collaboration
Communication
Responsibility
Self-Regulation
We would like 60 students, but please call if you have less than 60.
Martin comes from Maine and we need to block book his visits. Please call for available weeks.
Half-day releases may still allow enough time for Martin's visit.
Please call.

Grade K

Kindergarten: Writing Standards: Text Type and Purposes #2: Use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about
Kindergarten: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #5: With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Grade K: MUSIC: CREATING: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. With guidance, explore and experience music concepts (such as beat and melodic contour).

Grade 1

Grade 1: Writing Standards: Text Type and Purpose #2: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic and provide some sense of closure.
Grade 1: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #5: With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Grade 1: MUSIC: CREATING: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. With limited guidance, create musical ideas (such as answering a musical question) for a specific purpose.

Grade 2

Grade 2: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #5: With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Grade 2: Writing Standards: Research to Build and Present Knowledge #8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Grade 2: MUSIC: CREATING: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. Improvise rhythmic and melodic patterns and musical ideas for a specific purpose.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #4: With Guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
Grade 3: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising and editing.
Grade 3: MUSIC: CREATING: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. Improvise rhythmic and melodic ideas, and describe connection to specific purpose and context (such as personal and social).

Grade 4

Grade 4: Writing Standards: Text Types and Purposes #2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic an convey ideas and information clearly.
Grade 4: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #4: Produce clean and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
Grade 4: MUSIC: CREATING: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas, and explain connection to specific purpose and context (such as social and cultural).

Grade 5

Grade 5: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Grade 5: Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing #5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying a new approach.
Grade 5: MUSIC: CREATING: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas, and explain connection to specific purpose and context (such as social, cultural, and historical).
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