WORD CRIMES: Poster Project and Lesson for the Music Video!

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Ready to stop some word crimes? Watch or listen to Weird Al Yankovic’s song and use this lesson as a follow-up!

This 9-page, fully EDITABLE download includes the following:

• In the introductory lesson, students watch the video and record their reactions to it. The reaction questions can serve as discussion topics for the whole class or small groups.

• Next, partners use the rubric and directions to make a poster highlighting one of the “word crimes” referenced in the video, teaching us about the correct ways to write and speak to prevent the crime from happening again! (The rubric addresses CCSS standards SL.4, SL.5, and SL.6.) Either let students create their own posters, or use the provided template and example poster to guide their way!

• Finally, use the 10-question quiz (with provided answer key) to see if some of the topics from the video stuck (and serve as another basis for in-class discussion).

This project could take place in 2-5 days, depending on how much time you provide for in-class poster making and the presentations themselves.

(Psst… this download is INCLUDED in my Grammar Activity Bundle. Check it out for other fun grammar projects for English class!)

NOTE: To protect the artist’s copyright, no actual lyrics, song clips, or parts of the video are included. Please view or purchase the song online and use this lesson, based on the work, to accompany it. Thank you!


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