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Do a Ditty

Catyn Coburn


Students work in cooperative groups to create a -ditty- to teach the characteristics that distinguish literary forms to younger students. The ditty is performed before the class.


The student uses volume, stress, pacing, enunciation, eye contact, and gestures that meet the needs of the audience and topic.

The student selects and uses a variety of speaking strategies to clarify meaning and to reflect understanding, interpretation, application, and evaluation of content, processes, or experiences, including asking relevant questions when necessary, making appropriate and meaningful comments, and making insightful observations.

The student uses details, illustrations, analogies, and visual aids to make oral presentations that inform, persuade, or entertain.

The student applies oral communication skills to interviews, group presentations, formal presentations, and impromptu situations.

The student identifies the characteristics that distinguish literary forms.

The student understands how elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles are used in distinctive ways and provide connections between music and other subjects.


--Schoolhouse Rock- videos
-Do a Ditty Rubric (see associated file)


1. A discussion of the different characteristics that distinguish literary forms is necessary prior to this activity.
2. Obtain -Schoolhouse Rock- videos.


Authentic Context:
You are a songwriter for -Schoolhouse Rock.- You have been assigned the task of teaching young children about the different characteristics that distinguish literary forms (i.e., short story, poem, novel, play). Your team will write a ditty that includes the characteristics of the literary forms and present the ditty to the -producer- of the show to obtain approval to perform the ditty on the program.

Knowledge and Skills:
-Students will recognize the characteristics of different literary forms.
-Students will be able to communicate ideas using a variety of methods.

1. Brainstorm with students the different characteristics that distinguish literary forms (i.e., short story, poem, novel, play).
2. Play some -Schoolhouse Rock- videos. Explain to the students that they will be creating a -ditty- similar to the songs in -Schoolhouse Rock- to teach young children the characteristics that distinguish literary forms.
3. Review the Do a Ditty Rubric with the students to familiarize them with the criteria for creating their ditties.
4. Divide class into cooperative groups of four.
5. Students decide among themselves who will be responsible for what portion of the project; students give the agreed upon assignments to the teacher in writing.
6. Students develop their ditties.
7. Students present ditties to the class and hand in a copy of the words to the teacher.
8. Each student completes the self reflection section of the Do a Ditty Rubric after the presentation.


Use the Do a Ditty Rubric provided in attached file to assess the presentation.


-Students present their ditties to a local elementary school.
-Students story board the visual accompaniment to the song.
-Students send their ditties to -School House Rock- for possible airing on the Saturday morning television show.

Attached Files

The Do a Ditty Rubric for use in assessing the lesson.     File Extension: pdf

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