This is the assignment. I find the task to be very complicated and confusing.
[quote]After our class reviewing parts of speech, some nuances like abstract and concrete, and comparisons using metaphors and similes, plus the fun of playing mad libs with music lyrics, it's time for you to work more with these ideas in a more free and creative format.
Besides playing with language, a goal of this assignment is also to get you thinking: who are you? who do you want to be? what have you struggled with? what have you overcome? what are you passionate about? what other things (resources, experiences, etc.) would you like more of?
Your answers to these questions will guide you toward your passions and your project for this quarter.
To that end, please find a song of your choice, from any genre you choose, that describes a person or situation.
Once you've decided on a song, locate the lyrics (I recommend using the google machine).
Copy the lyrics into a document, complete with the song title and artist.
Annotate, or make notes on, the lyrics. Can you identify clever moves the artist made (e.g. plays on words, examples, concrete and abstract details, etc.)
Then, beginning on the next page, update the title, if necessary, and list yourself as the artist.
Now you're ready to update the song lyrics. (You might want to paste them here again and work through them, updating them; or you may want to refer back to the original as you compose your original work.) This will be like we did with mad libs, but in a more thoughtful and intentional way.
Don't simply replace verbs with other verbs or nouns with other nouns.
Instead, take whole sections of the song and replace the content with your own, describing your self, your experiences, your desires--whatever fits in that section, so long as it's all about you.
Mirror the original artist's clever moves--what you've identified in your annotations. For example, if the artist used a metaphor, you should use a metaphor. If the artist gave a detailed example, so should you.
When you're finished, you will have created an original composition that may well look parallel to or in the same style as the original, but will be clearly different from the original.
Not a poet or lyricist, you say? That's quite alright. Your composition doesn't have to rhyme or follow any type of format. All it needs to do is generally mirror the same ideas as the original song, of course with the content updated so you are describing your self, your experiences, etc
Please turn in the complete document with the original song first, complete with your annotations, followed by your original composition, by class time on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
This assignment will be evaluated for:
following basic instructions (including the annotated original, followed by the new): 5 points
mirroring the original, both in length and especially including clever strategies: 10 points
Questions? Please don't hesitate to ask.[/quote]