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English Language Arts: Music as Poetry

Activity Idea: Have students pick a favorite song and find the lyrics online. Students should identify the figures of speech, unique word choice and phrasing used in the song. Then they should analyze their role in the song and how they affect the listener's perception of the meaning of the song. It's great to start with the chorus or just a single stanza and dive deep.

Tip: Students can use the Typing tool built into Seesaw, or upload content from the device, Google Drive, or Dropbox using the Add File tool in Seesaw. They could also take a screenshot of the lyrics, and use the Voice Recorder tool to record their summary. 

Supports Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.5CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.11-12.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.) 

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