West Coast Alaska, Middle School
About how much class time to do this lesson?
About 2 class periods of 45 minutes, with priming, teaching stories/musical techniques
What’s the essential question? (is there one)
What source material would students use (include a link or example).
Yup’k stories and storytellers (Youtube, visits from elders). Examples of what it means to create a soundscape from various films.
A brief explanation of “what are the kids going to do?”
Students will work cooperatively to produce a soundscape with instruments available in the classroom. The goal is to create a soundtrack a traditional Yup’ik story. Students will work in small groups each in charge of a particular of scene or part of the story. This lesson could also incorporate the skills they develop from Andrew’s lesson on recording technology to record the story with their soundscape. Storytelling, especially scary stories, is a really big part of Yup’ik culture and it is also very engaging for Middle School aged students.