Write Your Own Song
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In this Task, you will...
- learn a simple folk song
- substitute words in the music to write your own song.
When you complete this task, you will evaluate yourself. You will complete a Rubric (Self-Evaluation Form).
Read the Rubric and the Checklist before you begin. Then return to this page.
NOTE: You will be moving from this page to your own computer as you work. To go back and forth between two documents on your PC, use your keyboard. Hold down the key "ALT" and click the key "TAB." That will take you back and forth between two documents.
American folk songs are simple verses put to music. They were passed on from one person to another until they became part of this country's musical history. No one knows who wrote most of these old songs. Because they are simple, you can learn them easily.
STEP 1: Below, read the lyrics (words to the music) of Little Dog Gone. Memorize the words. Notice the sounds of the words.
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can it be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long;
Oh where, oh where can he be?
In the image below, you see the notes that represent the music of the song.
STEP 2:Click on the arrow below, and you will go to the Website that looks like the image below. Look at the words
When the site opens, CLICK ON the red words a the top of the page: "Melody Sample."
When the sound page opens, you will hear the music that goes to the lyrics that you learned. As you hear the notes, sing the words you memorized. If you don't remember, print this page (File -> Print) and read the lyrics as the notes play. When you learn the song, CLICK THE BACK BUTTON on your menu
GO TO THE SONG
STEP 3:Write the lyrics you learned on a piece of paper. Now substitute words for different parts of the song. Following are some examples:
Young Days Gone?
Oh where, oh where have my young days gone?
Oh where, of where can they be?
With my hair so dark and my my legs so strong?
I think they're hiding from me.
Oh when, oh when will I get my check?
Oh how will I pay my bills?
With the rent now due and my money gone;
I think I'm getting the chills.
If you want, click on the arrow and open a Writing Page. Write your new song on the page, print it, and place it in your portfolio (a folder with your work in it).
STEP 4: To complete this task, evaluate yourself. Go to the RUBRICS page, complete it, print it, and place it in your folder or portfolio.
The Web exercises offered at this site are funded by SWBOCS Adult Education Program and created by Leecy Wise
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