Then and Now - the old board and the new
Love the Literacy Connections!
So, this board set was born. I went through a ton of operas to pull out fun and interesting characters, enticing plots, fascinating settings, and more. It was definitely fun to type out all the crazy plots including “someone is sick,” “someone takes a love potion,” “magical musical instruments help to perform difficult tasks.” I always gave the name of the opera that the literary element came from so that kids not only realized that these things were actually written down and performed but also started to learn the names of various popular operas. It was definitely fun to try and make some of these ridiculous plots more kid friendly. I mean, there’s a ton of death, rape, sex, sickness, dark magic, etc. etc. in opera. It’s racy stuff. I think my favorite time “kid-izing” the elements was when I called a “courtesan” a “professional partygoer.” It’s mostly true and avoids detailing the slightly more racy aspects of being a courtesan.
Admittedly, there is a LOT of text in this bulletin board, but honestly I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Lots of text, yes, but if you display it in an interesting way, kids are more apt to read it. I’m in a building of English Language Learners and we’re definitely pushing literacy as much as we can. The text being out there with music notes all around it helps them to see connections and makes it more palatable AND it shows that they have to read everywhere, even in music! Check out the pictures below to see my bulletin board set up. It’s more than just a word wall!
If you like this bulletin board set, you can preview the different slides and/or download it HERE from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I’ll leave it discounted for the next 48 hours or so in case you’re interested in the set! If you do get the set and find a character or plot element missing that you’d love to see (this is a nod to you all you opera buffs out there) email me at MakeMomentsMatter@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to include it!