ASSAY: A JOURNAL OF NONFICTION STUDIES
Assignment #1: The Life Soundtrack Essay
Craft a 5-10-section collage essay that renders and explains the significance of the songs (or other pieces of music) you select as your Life Soundtrack. While you should craft each section to do justice to the song and that moment in your life, each section should include the following four thinking moves:
*Appropriate reference to historical material
*Appropriate representation of others
Advice for Assignment:
In class, we’ll examine three excerpts of collage Life Soundtrack essays:
We’ll also look at a clip from one of the Hollywood biopics of musicians (almost all of which are digital Life Soundtrack essays). Here’s a more extended list
Those of you reading Kimberly Campbell and Kristi Latimer’s Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay may also want to look at the “Great Gatsby Soundtrack Assignment” which they use as a final exam for their unit on Fitzgerald, pp. 198-202.
Click here to download the assignment sheet PDF.
Robert Brooke is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he directs the Nebraska Writing Project. He is the author of over fifty articles and five books. His most recent project is Writing Suburban Citizenship: Place Conscious Teaching and the Conundrum of Suburbia, which is forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.