In Shorecrest Upper School’s 9th grade Honors English course taught by Ms. Elouej, students recently practiced paragraphing and identifying literary elements in their latest class text, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”
Students first imagined themselves as creative directors for a film version of the Carson McCullers’s classic, and created soundtracks for her 1940 novel. They creatively engaged with the work by developing an album cover symbolic of the novel as a whole, and by writing “liner notes” for their album, selecting a song representative of at least one literary device in each chapter (i.e. tone, mood, characterization, setting). Finally, the Chargers composed a paragraph to explain the connection between the literary elements at work in the chapter and their song selection.
Students presented their soundtracks during a listening party, each sharing their cover art and a few songs from their playlists. From Mozart to Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé to the cast of “Les Misérables,” Dolly Parton to Bob Marley, connections were made between the novel and a diverse variety of musical genres and artists.
Pictured are Ryan Majeski ’25 and Josilynn Hart ’25 sharing their album covers and song selections.
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