ALEX Learning Activity


Hearing the Hero

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: LaSheree Sanford-Davis
System:Birmingham City
School:Ramsay High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2321
Hearing the Hero
Digital Tool/Resource:
MTSU Symphonic Band "Beowulf An Heroic Trilogy" Video Clip
Web Address – URL:

This activity allows students to use music as a part of understanding the tone of writing. The activity seeks to have students look at music as a form of literature. The activity can be used in conjunction with other fine arts classes including dance.  

This activity was developed as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
15 ) Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. [RI.11-12.6]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.12.15- Identify the author's point of view or purpose in an informational text.

Learning Objectives:

The student will:

analyze how style and content contribute to the persuasiveness and beauty of a text.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

After reading Beowulf segments, The Coming of Beowulf, The Battle with Grendel's Mother and the Death of Beowulf 

  • Students will listen to the recording of the MTSU Symphonic Band playing "Beowulf An Heroic Trilogy".
  • Divide students into small groups and have them to discuss how the parts of the music tell what is happening in the story.
  • Discuss how the author's style and content contribute to persuasiveness in writing and how the same is true for music.
  • Allow students to explain how the tone of the story is presented and developed through music.
Assessment Strategies:

Have students to write a reflection paper describing how both music and writing are persuasive. Students should cite examples from the text and the audio recording. The teacher will use student's finish writing pieces to determine mastery of the standard. 

Advanced Preparation:

Students who play an instrument can be beneficial in helping this activity become more engaging.

Discuss symphonic music and symphony with the class.

Variation Tips (optional):

Schools with dance programs may include dance as a part of this activity.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Persuasiveness, Tone