A Analyze the learners
I will be teaching public high school students grades 9-12, in the setting of a music
appreciation class. The class shows a homogenous demographic of middle class, locally born
students. There is an equal mix of boys and girls. Most express an audio or visual based
learning style, and have responded well to research and reflection based assignments.
S State Objectives
The student, with
precision and selfdirection, critically
analyzes music. The
evaluates music and
The student explains,
evaluates and makes
inferences about the
music, global cultures,
the other arts and
thinking and are wellreasoned and
The Student shows
mastery of the context
and content of
musical works, by
critical reviewing, and
assessment of a piece
High school students, grades 9-12, will know the plot of Verdi’s opera La Traviata, and
critically asses the music in relation to the characters. They will learn to do these things
throughclass activity with Youtube, a podcast, and discussion on Twitter. The students will
accomplish this with 100% accuracy in one week.
S Select Methods Media and Materials
(The actual resources are presented in full form on the Wiki.)
U Utilize Media and Materials
I will begin class on Tuesday with a podcast on the plot of La Traviata, which students
will listen to and keep notes on. Then I will break students into groups and have them critically
review and assess productions of the opera on YouTube. For homework, they will follow the
class Twitter and comment on the three controversial tweets about the music of La Traviatain
relation to the characters. They will respond to three of their classmate’s response tweets and
report their discussions on a word Document submitted on Dropbox.
R Require Learner Participation
The critical review and assessment activity will be the collaborative element of student
participation on Wednesday. The Twitter discussion will be self-directed, but its completion will
require substantial individual commitment in the form of research and critical thinking, if done
correctly and with thought about the subject.
E Evaluate and Revise
I will assess students individually, through their daily assignments, to keep track of their
personal progress.I will assess their critical reviews and assessments for completion, as they are
opinion pieces. Their discussion reports will be graded for completion and level of commitment.
If I see lacking work or an insufficient grasp of a concept I will allow revision. I will take note
of the entire class’s progress both daily and finally on Friday. The last assessment will show
whether the unit was an overall success or failure.