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.