Friday, June 5, 2009

Topic: Poetic Devices

10-second review: Students looked for poetic devices in lyrics for songs they liked. Color-coded the devices: orange for allusion, blue for metaphor, pink for alliteration, etc.

Title: “Let the Rhythm Move You…to write!” M Uscategui. English Journal (July 2008), 115-117. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: After finding the poetic devices, students played CDs of their favorite songs. They explained why the song was important to them. The teacher introduced students to a traditional poem comparable in some way to the song. They used the genre of the song (narrative, for example) to write in a similar genre. They chose an audience and wrote on the topic of the song to the audience. “They wrote letters to their senator, created public service announcements on PowerPoint, pamphlets and posters.”

Comment: The songs had to be school appropriate. What intrigues me with this activity is that students’ songs in which they found and color-coded poetic devices, led to many related activities in the traditional curriculum. I’m curious about whether the lyrics to their favorite songs are published and available for students to copy and use. RayS.

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