Michael Franti & Spearhead, 2010
Choose from the following activities:
- Pre-Listening Read the story behind the song, titled “Sunshine in a Song,” which describes how the song came to be written in a hospital bed. For levels high beginning and up. Permission is granted to reproduce the story for classroom use.
- Listening Listen to the song while reading the lyrics below, which are punctuated and annotated to facilitate comprehension.
- Post-Listening Watch the official video. It is not appropriate for all classrooms, so previewing is advised. A live performance, without the beach scenes, is appropriate for all classrooms.
- Post-Listening Sing the chorus. It is in boldface in the lyrics above.
- Post-Listening Write a Walking Dictation. (For step-by-step directions for a Walking Dictation, please see Activity #7: Walking Lyrics-Dictation.) Below is the student worksheet with nine phrases missing from the song (a cloze exercise), as well as a printout of the missing phrases for the teacher to post around the room.
- Post-Listening Read another story with the “sunshine” theme. Story 2 in True Stories Behind the Songs, “Victor’s Private Guatemala,” is about a newcomer to New York suffering from lack of sunshine.