Listening
Music & Storytelling 1
Mon. 1st. Period David P. O'Donnell
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary, Web Activities

This is an introductory language course in which we will explore the narrative power of music. We will listen to songs and will watch, discuss, and review a wide variety of films relating to music. These will include musicals (animated and live action), Rock Operas, Jukebox Musicals, Biopics, Documentaries, movies inspired by music, and movies with inspiring music. The films and songs will be analyzed for their language and cultural content and reviewed in terms of quality and entertainment value.

There is a class library of over 40 films. Students will get together in groups of 3 and watch 1 movie a week (for a total of 15 movies over the course of the semester.)

The library listings can be found here: 
https://daveod.libib.com/i/music-movies

Attendance is especially important for this class, because every week you will collaborate with the other members of your team, and you must share media and assignments.

Classwork and Homework will be submitted on YouTube and the student forum. This class will collaborate with Music & Storytelling 2, a C-level course on the same topic. It is an excellent chance to work with students of a different level, to get tips on language learning and inspiration from peers.

Meeting dates: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 no class, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, (baseball might affect this class), 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25, 1/9 (substitute Monday held on a Tuesday, 1/15)  

 

The 15th class will be determined at a later date, and make-up classes will be offered late in the semester.


One of the primary goals of this class is to build confidence in the student's ability to receive and respond to language, with special, but not exclusive, emphasis on listening.

 


Attendance: 25%
Class Work: 25%
Homework: 25%
Final Project: 25%


1

1. Class introduction
2. Explore Music Movie Libary
3. Make groups + Choose 1st movie
4. Post to forum
5. Listen to song/do activities/discuss (Operator, by Jim Croce)
6. General discussion questions

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.


 

2

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 2nd movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song/do activities/discuss (Fire & Rain, By James Taylor)
5. Watch short musical - Amazon Reviews the Musical (https://vimeo.com/193283406)

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

3

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 3rd movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song/do activities/discuss (Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap, by AC/DC and Joan Jett)
5. Watch short musical - Research the Series, "A Little Light Music" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ywX5aC010Q&t=1s)(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ywX5aC010Q&t=1s)
HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

4

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 4th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song/do activities/discuss (Killer Queen, by Queen)
5. Watch short musical, "I hate musicals"

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

5

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 5th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Both Sides, by Joni Mitchell)
5. Watch musical episode of Community and discuss

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

6

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 6th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (When I Ruled the World, By Coldplay)
5. Watch "Duet", Flash / Supergirl crossover musical episode and discuss.

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

7

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 7th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (I Wanna Rock, By Twisted Sister)
5. Watch ____ and Discuss.

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

8

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 8th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Like Janis, By Sixto Rodriguez)
5. Watch, "That 70's Musical", That 70's Show.
HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

9

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 9th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (A Day in the Life, By the Beetles)

5. Watch, "Girls vs. Suits", How I met your mother.

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

10

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 10th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Lola, by the Kinks)
5. Watch, "Episode 210", 30 Rock

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

11

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 11th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Suspicious Minds, by Elvis Presley)
5. Watch, "Lesser Evils", The Magicians

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

12

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 12 movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Why is That? By BDP)
5. Watch "The Wizard of Aaahs" and "Cinderonce" and Hipster Disney Princess, the Musical

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

13

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 13th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (I am I said, By Neil Diamond)
5. Watch Musical (TBA)

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

14

1. Review homework
2. Return movies + Choose 14th & 15th movie
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Hold on, by Brand Nubian)
5. Watch Musical (TBA)

HW - Watch film and post a review in the place provided.

15

1. Review homework
2. Return movies
3. Post to forum
4. Listen to song (Bye Bye Love, by the Everly Brothers)
5. Watch Musical (TBA)

HW - Have a wonderful break.


To repeat one of the most important lines of the course description,

"Attendance is especially important for this class, because every week you will collaborate with the other members of your team, and you must share media and assignments."