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Rhythm: The Sound of Repetition

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will respond to a song by creating an expressive linear background and a symbol representing the rhythm or lyrics. They will replicate the symbol throughout a composition, creating rhythm through repetition using graphite paper, crayons, and watercolors.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will select and share a song.

Students will draw an expressive linear background in response to the song.

Students will brainstorm symbols that visually represent the rhythm or lyrics of the song.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Suggest appropriate songs and assist students in locating them online.
  • Demonstrate how to listen to a song and draw an expressive linear background in response.
  • Facilitate the brainstorming of symbols that visually represent the rhythm or lyrics of the music.
  • Discuss how visual imagery can convey messages.

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National Standards


Create

Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.4a

Brainstorm individual and collaborative approaches to a creative art or design problem.

4.VA:Cr1.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 15 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • 9" x 12" white paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Sketchbook or sketch paper
  • Graphite paper
  • Crayons
  • Watercolors
  • Brush and water cup

National Standards


Create

Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.4a

Brainstorm individual and collaborative approaches to a creative art or design problem.

4.VA:Cr1.1

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Steps

Select a Song and Prepare the Background

Choose a favorite song. Listen to it for inspiration. Respond to the song by creating an expressive line using a pencil on white paper. Vary the direction and quality of the line based on the rhythm of the song.

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Instructional Materials

Worksheet

Analyzing Symbols and Messages

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Name That Song

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