TAMING THE TEXT by Randel Wagner:
Choose a word or phrase of the text. Start by saying the phrase—in this case we will use the phrase “green tree.” All students are to ask as many questions as possible. No one should answer the questions out loud. Each person should note what pops into his or her head. Here are some sample questions: What shade of green are the leaves? What kind of tree? How tall? Evergreen or deciduous? How did the tree originate (planted, windblown seed, animal droppings)? Age? Health? Time of year?
A novel concept for getting the singers thinking deeply about the text.