First things first, there is no possible way to make-up a band concert. A musician cannot travel into the past and help their ensemble achieve musical success. This assignment is designed to develop a level of understanding of the forces at work within a musical performance, not to re-create the performance scenario. The student will notice there is not a second make-up assignment. It is understood that life happens and unavoidable conflicts may arise. However, this should not happen twice.
Basic Prompt 1. Read the two articles below 2. Write three well-developed paragraphs for each article (6 paragraphs total)
one summary paragraph of the source essay
two response paragraphs that develops some personal connection or shared experience with the source essay. It is important to remember that a personal response in not a critique of your source essay. If you submit a critique instead of a response, you will not get credit for the assignment. Don’t go tell the reader that you like/disliked the essay. Just find a connection between your life and the source essay and develop that connection.
Summary Paragraph Structure your summary paragraph in the following way:
TOPIC SENTENCE: Introduce the paragraph by stating the title, author, and—in your own words--the main idea of the essay. (e.g., In his Boston Conservatory Address, Karl Paulnack illustrates the importance of music in our lives.)
SUPPORTING SENTENCES: Use “summary phrases” and wordings that remind your audience that you are writing about another person’s writing (e.g., Paulnack explains..., He illustrates..., the author continues.., etc.),as you state the main supporting points of the essay in an unbiased tone. Also, if you choose to use quotations, please use two or less.
Remember your conclusion statement (e.g., Paulnack concludes his essay by...).
Response Paragraphs Structure your response paragraphs in the following way:
TOPIC SENTENCE: Create a sentence to provide smooth transition between your summary paragraph and your response paragraph, (e.g., Reading “Boston Conservatory Address” reminded me of my own early musical experience in seventh grade). This sentence will, among other things, help signal to your reader when your essay stops summarizing the source and starts exploring your own life. This topic sentence will also provide a focus for your response.
SUPPORTING SENTENCES: Develop your response paragraph using personal reflections and paint a well developed picture for your audience.