Students at Lamar Middle School have spent several weeks thinking, writing, interviewing, rewriting, listening, and producing podcasts about how music impacts our lives. Their final products demonstrate not only the depth of their understanding of the topic, but a clear level of accomplishment with writing a narrative work.
Products: Working in their ELA class, students were introduced to the project through a question: ‘How does music impact our lives?’ They each began their work and started the writing process. Thoughts and ideas were captured in Google Drive, narrative drafts were written and shared in Google Docs and feedback drove multiple iterations of their work.
Interviews: Looking beyond only their own experience, students interviewed two other people that they knew to gain a different perspective on the core question. Parents, staff members, friends and many others were brought into their writing process as they learned about the importance of music from multiple perspectives. The contents from these interviews was then incorporated into their final product.
Take a listen to these two student examples!