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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Teaching Figurative Language Through Poetry

One of my favorite writing units comes at the beginning of the year for me.  How lucky am I?  Actually, I make it that way so I'm kind of creating my own luck ;)

I love poetry, music, and figurative language.  When you put all those together, what do you get?  MUSIC!

I created an activity that involves looking at song lyrics to find figurative language.  It focuses on hyperbole, similes, metaphors, and personifications.  You can check it out by clicking here.

Do you explicitly teach figurative language using poetry or music?  I'd love to know how.


Dani said...

This looks awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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MrsPaulson said...

Looks like fun! THANK YOU!

Heather said...

Glad I could share :)

Queen Bee said...

I just read your post on using music
for practice in figurative language. I
think that it's awesome to use music
because it keeps the students engaged.
I'd love to have them get into groups
to brainstorm additional examples
using songs (with careful parameters,
of course!)

Heather said...

Please let me know if you do this activity and how it turns out!

Andrea McEvoy said...

Love your post and idea Heather! Of course you know I like to use Katy Perry's Fireworks to do this lesson!!!

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Dennise said...

Thanks for sharing. I like to use lyrics myself but usually do a whole group lesson and then have the students bring in the lyrics of their favorite song to analyze. I think this activity would help enhance the lessons!

Heather said...

Dennise: I'm thinking I could have them bring in lyrics afterwards and screen them before having them present it to the class. Thanks for the idea!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

What a great lesson!! I had something similar in my head and this is just perfect. Thank you!

Heather said...

I plan to use this every year, and I hope you can, too, Amber!

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea - Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing....the students will love this!