Play music as the kids come into the classroom. After they are seated, turn it off, and discuss what the music makes them think of.
Turn on another type of music, and have the kids write about whatever comes into their minds for the next 10 minutes (free write).
Some good pieces for this:
- The Swan (Saint-Saëns)
- Mbube (Lady Blacksmith Mambazo)
- Waltz of the Flowers (Windham Hill Guitarists)
- From a Raindrop to a River (Autumn’s Child)
- Forever in Love (Kenny G)
Did the music make you feel happy or sad?
Read homework; talk about editing. Talk about how many different story ideas came from one prompt.
What happens when you mix music with an object or picture in your story?
Play one more piece, and have the students write, mixing music with one other element.
Choose music at home to listen to while writing. See if it influences your mood at all.
Pick another topic as a class: (e.g. write about your pet – could be completely off the wall, a true story, or anywhere in between.)