Starting with melody for students who may or may not have experience in reading or writing music, is a great idea. It’s a difficult process to inspire students “how to compose”. This year, I was very lucky in the sense that I was asked to write my own curriculum, and a big part of the curriculum that was missing in my district, was time for students to create. I’ve written a curriculum that focuses on a creative project at the end of each unit, along with a presentation/performance. When it comes to writing or composing, I like to start of with asking students to brainstorm about what they want the piece to sound like, or what do you want to feel when you hear this song. I think some of my younger students need this step to have a focus. Then I would set up stations around the room of Orff instruments and keyboards, and lets students experiment; unknowingly they will create a melody. Based on the student, I would guide them in an individually to the next best step to their composition/ songwriting.