Use "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten to help your students understand figurative language, poetic devices, speaker's tone, theme, and author's purpose. (Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Language, and Writing)
"Fight Song" is an uplifting song with a positive message for students: be strong, never give up, and don't let others bring you down. This is a perfect song to get students excited for the school year, or to pump them up for your class. See the preview for a link to the lyrics and song.
This bundle is packed with several differentiated activities (including interactive notebook foldable activities). Students will practice the following skills:
• Identifying and analyzing figurative language devices such as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, idiom, irony, and personification.
• Identifying and analyzing poetic (sound) devices such as alliteration, assonance (rhyme), anaphora, and epistrophe.
• Evaluating the speaker's tone and the writer's purpose.
• Determining the theme/central idea and how the music reinforces the theme.
• Comparing poems (a sonnet by Henrietta Cordelia Ray and a poem by Edgar Albert Guest) with similar themes.
• Writing a personal "fight song."
The zipped bundle contains four documents:
--lesson with all the handouts and a subway art poster (PDF, 30 pages),
--a teacher's guide and answer key (PDF, 20 pages),
--EDITABLE student handouts documents that may be shared electronically with students (Microsoft Word .doc and .docx, 8 pages each).
The activities are differentiated, so they are appropriate for a wider range of abilities for students in grades 7-12. May be appropriate for grades 5-6, as well, with modifications made to the student handouts.
ALL of the activities are provided in BOTH regular handout AND interactive notebook formats.
Please note: the song is NOT included in this download. You may purchase the song on iTunes or use the artist's Vevo or YouTube video in class. Links provided in the download.
Created by Tracee Orman © 2015
Links to my other lessons using music to teach essential skills:
"Roar" by Katy Perry - Figurative Language & Poetry Devices Review
One Direction Song Lyrics Poetry Activity
Syntax Song Lyrics and Poetry Analysis Activity
Song Lyric Comparison for Interpretation (includes songs by TLC, Green Day, Tracy Chapman, Metallica, and The Cure)
"Domino" by Jessie J - Using Song Lyrics to Teach Figurative Language
Figurative Language and Poetic Devices Powerpoint Presentation
Song Lyric presentation assignment and rubric
Poetry Devices: Consonance (Alliteration, Near/Half Rhyme, and Slant Rhymes
FREE Firework Song Lyric Activity
The Common Core Standards were developed and written by the NGA. © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved. To view the standards online, go to: www.corestandards.org
“Fight Song” was written by Rachel Platten & Dave Bassett, © 2015 Columbia Records / EMI Music Publishing / Sony ATV Music Publishing - All Rights Reserved. This resource is NOT associated with Platten, Bassett, Columbia Records, or any of the aforementioned's affiliates.