Using what you know about beaches and cliffs and how they are used, create a story about how the ocean changes the coastline (Ocean Literacy Principle 2).
Discuss with students what they will produce:
- A story – it could be read and also acted out while the soundscape is played.
- Methods for making sounds that mimic those along the coast
- A sequence of sounds that supports the story
- A recording that supports the story
- A performance for an audience.
- Discuss list and what landforms we can find along the edge of the sea.
- Do the things that people do make changes along the sea edge?
- What happens when a storm comes?
- Does anything on the beach, cliffs etc change after a storm?
- What does a storm sound like?
Here are some basic elements of storytelling to help you build your story keeping in mind that it needs to be only a few minutes long.
- Consider who your audience will be and what things are interesting to them. (Will you share at school or on the radio? What form of presentation will you give?)
- Set the scene for your soundscape. (Where is it, what kind of sounds tell you that you are in that particular place?)
- What is your story going to be about, eg party ruined by a storm, rescue of a small boat, cliff collapsing in a storm, kids trapped below a cliff.
- Build tension through different sounds. (Can you hear things people do ie. ship horns, builders, people walking pets?)
- Tension build to a high level through sound to the climax or highest point. (What does a storm sound like as it builds up? How can you create a similar sound?)
- Release the tension by changing your sounds. (Can you change your sounds to ease the tension?)
- Bring your story to an ending, (When all the excitement is over what does the new place sound like?)