The Mind of Mozart A Webquest Time travel project

Introductions: Greetings, students! Today we're going to go back in time, back to the Baroque era in Vienna, Austria. As we discussed in class, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the most influential composers of classical music and wrote many works including many operas and symphonies! You will have the chance to get into Mozart's mind and do some research about what it would be like to be Mozart himself.

Unfortunately, Mozart's father Leopold was a bit of a grumpy old man even though his son was successful! Your task is to write a letter to Old Man Leopold from Mozart's voice, focusing on one of his major works (this can be an opera, a symphony, or even a song itself!). You will be broken into groups to make this collaborative letter, and it must be in first person. Get ready to travel back in time and meet the man behind The Marriage of Figaro!

Mozart is ready for you to tell his story!

Task: Your job is to get into groups of 3 and write a letter to Leopold, Mozart's father. You as a team will choose ONE of the following works:

  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • The Magic Flute
A scene from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"

After you have chosen one of the following works, you will then work together as a group to create a letter from Mozart to his father, explaining a little bit about his achievement. Think of it as a letter to home from camp, explaining to your family what fun activities you've been up to! Your letters must be at least three paragraphs long (so each person in your group writes one paragraph) and each paragraph must explain one characteristic about the work. Each paragraph must be at least five sentences long! You can write about what kinds of instruments are in your work, what kind of characters (if any) are singing, or you can research the history of your work! It's up to you. Your letter will be completed on a Google Document. It must be in first person and include a greeting and an ending like a normal letter!

A photo of young Mozart practicing with his family

Process: You will have the freedom to choose one of the works mentioned above. Once you have done that, you will click the TWO of the links below that match whichever work you've chosen. The first link will be a video that you can listen to (most likely a short clip so you don't have to listen to the entire thing)

  • Eine Kleinenacht Musik: and
  • The Marriage of Figaro: and
  • The Magic Flute: and

You will submit your responses via these links.

  • Group A
  • Group B
  • Group C

Conclusion: Now that you've written your collaborative letter, it's time to do some reflection! You will click on the link below which will take you to a Google Presentation, and each of you must create one new slide with a brief 5-7 sentence reflection on your project. Some things to ponder as you write your reflection: Was I thorough in describing my piece? Did I write it in letter format? Did I enjoy the piece and accurately convey one characteristic of the piece for Leopold to read? As soon as you've finished your slide, congratulations! You can travel back to the future!

Link here:

We have to go back, Marty!

Evaluation: Below is a breakdown of the rubric for this assignment (worth 50 points)

  • Introduction and conclusion: The letter is written in "letter format" with a greeting and a conclusion, written in first person. ____/ 10 points
  • Paragraphs: Each paragraph contains one characteristic of the piece, is 5-7 sentences long, and maintains first person narrative. ____/30 points
  • Reflection: Each student created a slide to reflect on the writing process; fulfills the length requirements (5-7 sentences) and provides meaningful reflection on the writing process. ___10 points

Thanks, everyone! Have a great spring break!

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