Soundtrack for a Small Planet
Students in Professor Bethany Holmstrom’s class made an audio recording of a scene from a play, including a “soundtrack” (i.e., intro and outro music). In an accompanying paper, students conducted a close scene analysis and justified their music choices using evidence from the play-text.
Poetry & Song
Professor Jayashree Kamble’s students – drawing on their class theme of highbrow and lowbrow cultural works – were asked to make a case to a school board for teaching a poem alongside a popular song. Students recorded the poem as well (as an audio or video file – their choice).
From Novel to TV
Continuing their exploration of lowbrow and highbrow culture, students in Professor Kamble’s class made a case for adapting a novel into a TV show, recording a short video of their pitch to network executives. They wrote an essay to accompany this project.
You can read the full prompt via this link.