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This lesson examines figurative language and other poetry terms using Katy Perry's song "Firework."
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Date Added to MERLOT: June 24, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 16, 2016
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Submitter: Leigh Cooksey
Keywords: music, figurative language, poetry

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4 years ago

Leigh Cooksey (Teacher (K-12))

I used this lesson as inspiration for a modified lesson. I also used lyrics to Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts." I set up the lesson as a debate. I assigned each song to half the class. The first round of the debate focused on sound devices. The second round focused on figurative language. At the end of the class, students submitted a ballot for the "Pop Music Poetry Awards," voting for the song that they think is the best poem (they didn't have to vote for their assigned song). For their votes to count, students had to give examples of sound devices and figurative language from the lyrics. (I gave them space to do this on the ballot). I used the ballot as a formative assessment.

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