In this lesson, students learn interesting facts about the modern Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim and his work, as they complete several projects including a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Then, students research their choice of one of his famous musicals and create a presentation or a video about it using their choice of Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, eMaze, Canva, etc. (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. A full list of software/technology options is listed in the student lesson instructions and includes links to tutorials. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses.
This lesson is intended to be an introduction to the topic and was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in high school as well. This lesson could be used in a music, drama, history or technology class and is also a great lesson to leave for a substitute teacher!
- Computers with Internet access for each student (or pair of students)
- Software such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs
- Software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (optional –
students can use Web 2.0 tools)
- Teacher & Student Resources
- Learning about Stephen Sondheim WebQuest Activity (print and
editable digital files included)
- Learning about Stephen Sondheim WebQuest Answer Key
- Musical Compositions of Stephen Sondheim Project Expectations with Rubric
Approximate Lesson Duration:
- WebQuest – 1 (50 minute) class period
- Presentation / Video Project (including research) – 2-4 (50 minute) class periods
- Optional: additional time for students to present their project to the class (time will vary depending on class size).
Total Pages = 10
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