Step 1: Review the terms Predicate (the close of a sentence) and Cadence (a sequence of notes/chords comprising the end of a musical phrase). What do these terms both have in common?
Step 2: Practice identifying predicates by showing sentence fragments that go together – a beginning and a predicate – and having students match them. Do the same thing with musical phrases that students listen to or read (if that is something they have been taught previously)
Step 3: Divide students into groups and assign each group 2 sentences. Ask students to create a musical phrase for each sentence. The phrase must contain a cadence that matches the sentence predicate.