Paragraph and Musical Mashups

Many of my students are not familiar with the concept of paragraphs. I think it will be fun to help students to learn about paragraphs and how they build compositions by using a mashup philosophy. The idea is simple.

Record someone or yourself reading paragraphs. Each paragraph is a separate recording. Use an MP3 program like iTunes and create a playlist of the paragraphs. You can also use a program called Scratch, for those that enjoy programming. It is an easy-to-use, graphical, fun, programming language.

Play the paragraphs out of order. Ask the students to tell you which order the paragraphs should be played in. Adjust the playlist to their suggestions. Continue as necessary.

This type of lesson also works well using music. It is useful for a conversation or a writing class.

Record a variety of musical types and musical examples. Divide the students into groups and have them define the order to play the musical types and examples. Engage the students in conversation about their choices.

I think it will be interesting to see if cultural backgrounds influence some of their choices. You may also want them to write about their choices.

In future posts, I talk more about mashups and include examples.


About acohen843

I am a writer and ESL teacher who enjoys the challenge of starting businesses. Currently, I am a JuicePlus distributor ( who is using this business opportunity as the foundation of a social entrepreneurship project.
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3 Responses to Paragraph and Musical Mashups

  1. Caroline says:

    The paragraphs of all too many writers who should know better, are far, far too long.

    They fail to do what all writers should do, which is put themselves in the shoes of the reader.

    If so, they would see there’s nothing which will cause a reader to click elsewhere quicker than encountering paragraphs which go on, and on, and on………

  2. acohen843 says:

    Thank you Caroline for your comment. I agree. Too often writers seem to have the philosophy that more is better. I am a strong believer in using only the amount of words that are necessary. Often, less is more.

    I appreciate your comment.

  3. Savor says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Savor!

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