Music and Middle School Literacy
Keywords:music in the classroom, multimodal, literature study, critical literacy
This article provides beneficial strategies for using music in the middle school English classroom. Despite research describing the positive effects of using music to enhance learning, there is minimal discussion on specific ways of incorporating music into lessons. Music is a meaningful alternative allowing middle school students to connect with their world and, in doing so, create their own unique identities. This discussion identifies strategies whereby English teachers build upon students’ interest in music to frame engagement in critical thinking about a text including the events and characters, themes, and motifs. Students learn complex literacy skills within an environment of personal motivation and multimodal approaches.
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