M.E108

Create Your Own Ending to a Song

Create Your Own Ending to a Song

Students will create rhythmic and melodic variations for the song “I’ve Got a Dog” by creating new words. Students should have learned the song in a prior class period.

During this assessment, each student will create his or her own new ending phrase. Students will adjust or manipulate the words and/or melody to fit inside the musical phrase based on the beats available.

Students also will reflect verbally on the quality of their performances immediately upon completion. The performance and reflection of each student will be video–recorded and later scored using the Teacher Scoring Rubric included.

This item contains only a Teacher Booklet.

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Pitch Accuracy

  • Rhythmic Accuracy

  • Depth of Reflection

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student does not perform with pitch accuracy.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student responds with singing voice, but pitches are not accurate.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student occasionally performs with pitch accuracy.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student consistently performs with pitch accuracy.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student fails to perform within the rhythmic time frame.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student occasionally performs within the rhythmic time frame.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student often performs within the rhythmic time frame.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student consistently performs within the rhythmic time frame.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student shows little or no ability to reflect upon what went well and what needed to be fixed in his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student shows some ability to reflect upon what went well and what needed to be fixed in his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student shows a very good ability to reflect upon what went well and what needed to be fixed in his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student shows the ability to thoroughly and thoughtfully reflect upon what went well and what needed to be fixed in his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
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