This lesson requires the students to use great critical thinking skills!
This lesson is aligned to the Common Core standards focused on figurative language and the impact of an authors choice of words to a text. My lesson is set up for the 6th grade, however it can be used and aligned with the 5th, 7th, or 8th grade language arts standards as well.
In this lesson students will :
Find an example of figurative language from a song of their choice.
Next they will create a short paragraph including what the phrase means literally and explain the impact of the authors word choice on the overall meaning of the song.
The paragraph portion of this lesson is very detailed and gives the students step by step instructions with critical thinking questions. These questions require the students to write a short paragraph describing the example of figurative language found, what the figurative language means literally, the connotation of the words used, and students must describe why the authors choice of words using figurative language enhances the songs overall meaning.
The final component allows the students to create a small visual presentation using construction paper. The construction paper is created to look like a music sheet, contains a musical staff, and each musical note contains the example of figurative language found by the student.
The background of the music sheet will then contain the students analysis paragraph on the importance of the figurative language to the selection.
This file contains everything you need! The file contains a cover page, a paragraph direction page, a construction paper poster direction page, musical notes to trace and cut out, I can statements aligned to the Common Core standards, and a set of reflection questions also aligned to the Common Core standards.
My students always enjoy this short lesson and have fun finding their own examples of figurative language from popular music!
I hope you and your students enjoy,
Amanda Eileen :)