T.E416

Theme Response—On Musicals

Theme Response—On Musicals

After listening to two distinct pieces of music with the lyrics provided, students will choose one piece of music for which to write a scene with a clear theme that uses their own experiences, yet honors the overall mood of the piece.

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
  • Focus on Theme

  • Mood

  • Content

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  • The theme is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information.

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  • Theme is somewhat clear, but there is a need for more supporting information.

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  • Theme is clear, but the supporting information is general.

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  • There is one clear, well-focused topic. Theme stands out and is supported by detailed information.

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  • Mood does not clearly reflect the scene’s theme.

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  • Mood somewhat reflects the scene’s theme, thought may not be consistent.

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  • Mood generally reflects the scene’s theme appropriately.

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  • Mood is effective and reflects the scene’s theme in a sophisticated way.

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  • Student has selected an experience that does not work with the song and theme.

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  • Student has chosen an experience that may not effectively connect his/her own cultural and social experiences to the theme.

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  • Student has chosen an experience that connects his/her own cultural and social experiences to the theme appropriately.

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  • Student has chosen an experience that connects his/her own cultural and social experiences to the theme effectively.

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