After hearing a few ballad stanzas from past centuries, we learned that the theme to Gilligan’s Island is actually a ballad! We listened to the theme and then found that we could sing other ballad stanzas to the same tune (try Amazing Grace!). It all works because of the rhyme and rhythm of ballads.
During the second half of class, we did a choral reading/readers’ theater of The Ballad of Dirty Joe (a humorous ballad). Some participants would like to watch the author perform the ballad again. You can find that performance here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB0Wm7CsDv0
Group 2 wrote a ballad stanza of their own about Wildcat Friends…
Wildcat Friends love to dance at night
We really love the food
Then it’s arts and crafts at the dorms
Our class is the best, dude.
Yes, that too can be sung to Gilligan’s Island!
Fun stuff! Don’t forget Next Tuesday folks are staying late for a UNH Women’s basketball game!