Sentimental Storytime

Every Friday, I give my Language Arts classes a story prompt, and they write stories for me. Yesterday’s prompt was kind of unusual – it was music. I played a musical piece for them, and asked them to write or describe a story that might go along with it.

I didn’t tell them what the music was from, but it was the “Fratelli Chase” from “The Goonies”. I told them that if they recognized where the tune was from, they shouldn’t say. There was only one student who thought it sounded familiar.

The music I played is HERE. I will also embed it below:

I’ve read half the stories, and it was really interesting – lots of chases and fights.

When they were finished writing, I showed them the opening scene of “The Goonies”. It was fun to see. I should watch that movie again…

For your sentimental enjoyment, HERE is the opening scene. Also embedded below:

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5 Responses to Sentimental Storytime

  1. Lauren says:

    Well, thank you for many minutes of my Saturday being spent down a Goonies wormhole. I watched most of the “Everything wrong with the Goonies” video, too, and was laughing at how awesome the whole thing was. I didn’t watch Goonies when it first came out, only much later on video.

    What a GREAT writing assignment! I would love to read those stories! Earlier this week I played a video for my guys at naptime (I couldn’t read a story) about either Shadrach, Meshach & Co or Jonah (I can’t remember which one) and at the end they were using the theme from Jurassic Park. I was having a hard time not cracking up because of this: https://youtu.be/90FVqM6TRvU?t=1m31s

  2. Carol says:

    How creative – I’d love doing this assignment myself, I think.

    It actually brought to mind a time when Al Schmidt (yes, THAT Al Schmidt) played the entire Moldau in class one day while we did something (who remembers that little detail after decades) and taught us how to listen for the growing stream of water in the music. This was a social studies class mind you, but then this was a guy who built the organ in (I think) Sturbridge Village church, so… To this day I think of him and that class when I hear Smetna’s Moldau and picture in my mind the changes in the flowing water. Translation: you have undoubtedly made life-long memories for your students, Brad, once again. Nicely done.

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