Text passage selection + song selection

I regularly read Maria Popova's brilliant Brain Pickings, and just discovered her side project, Literary Jukebox.

What a smart idea, and what a way this could really increase student motivation and interest in reading. Asking students to select a passage from what they are reading in class or out of class for extensive reading, and then asking them to pair it with a piece of music that matches the style or ideas of the text could really go far! I would love to see what students could come up with--and what a way to build classroom community. After all, music is the language of emotion.

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