One of the tasks that you can choose to show an understanding of your literature-circle novel is writing a song about it.
Show your understanding of the characters, setting and themes presented in the novel by creating a song, poem, or folio of drawings, paintings, or sculpture. (12 points)
With this in mind, I thought I’d provide you with a few pointers and examples.
Before we start, let’s understand what a verse and chorus are. Many songs are made up of just verses and a chorus, while some include a bridge, too. Verses mostly have the same tune as each other but different words. The chorus, which almost always appears multiple times, has the same tune and words each time, although sometimes there are tiny changes to the words. The bridge is another thing, and you can google it if you are that interested.
The first type of song to consider is a ballad. OFten a will be made up of verses that are four lines long, with the second and fourth lines rhyming. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule, and you don’t have to make it rhyme (but it certainly helps people sing it and remember it).
Our first example is Frank Mills, from the musical Hair. It is all story and almost no rhymes.
What is slightly more common is a ballad that tells the story in the verses and has a chorus or refrain that is just thematic. Put simply, a refrain is shorter than a chorus, but they are both a bit that is repeated throughout the song.
Good examples for this type of song include To Her Door and From Little Things Big Things Grow. Both of these songs includes refrains
The second type of song is like a ballad in that it tells a story and explores an idea in more of less equal measures. You still have verses and a chorus or refrain, but there is just enough story to give you the idea that the songwriter is exploring. This type of song is very common, and our example is Mick Thomas’s song For a Short Time.
And finally you have songs that just explore an idea without having an explicit story at all. You could write one of these, using a notable phrase from your novel. Crowded House, for example, mostly write this kind of song. This type of song might seem easier, since it doesn’t have to tell a story or make particular sense, but they can be tricky to write.
Our example here is Don’t Dream It’s Over, which is full of meaning but there is not clear story.