They had some pretty heavy thoughts about the song. It was a great opportunity to talk about how music captures emotions. We discussed music that is used for weddings, funerals, parades, parties, etc... What insightful young men and women I teach!
UPDATED: Just to answer a few questions that I've recieved in the comments or via email for teachers wishing to teach this lesson: To introduce the piece I talked about Beethoven and explained that sometimes (not always!) but sometimes composers like to tell stories with their music the way authors do with books. I asked them to listen to the piece and then asked them to label it generically by asking them what the tempo was, what instrument did they hear, what was the "mood" of the piece. Then I asked them to imagine they were creating a movie. What would be showing on the movie when they heard this music. We shared two or three examples and then went to the sheets to express our ideas. Too many examples and students don't think about their own response, but on which response they heard that sounded the best!
This sheet is part of a Primary Writing Prompt Kit that you can find HERE.