This resource Includes a 6 minute talk on blank verse. There is an explanation of iambic pentameter with examples on slides.
There follows an activity based on 7 songs by The Beatles. Students listen to the first 4 lines of each song and then scan the rhythm as shown on the example supplied. They then determine to what extent the iambic foot may be present and provide a justification for their conclusion.
Blanks are supplied of the lyrics as well as the conclusion so that students simply fill in their responses.
This is a great group or pairs activity.
The use of popular music as a reference point encourages an engagement with rhythmic poetic devices in a really enjoyable form.
There are no set answers to the tasks, just a rubric to establish how students solve each song problem.
I did this to make Shakespeare's writing more accessible. It completely takes the strangeness out of his language.
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