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Grade 8 : Figurative Language in Poetry Through Lyrics

Instructional Design: Imelda Bordawka and David Roach

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
- Discuss response to ways that forms of oral print and other media texts enhance communication of ideas and information.
- Identify figurative language in lyrics.

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

General Outcomes:
•Experimenting with language and forms.
•Pursue personal interests in music artists.

Essential Questions:
- What types of figurative language are evident in songs we listen to?
- Are songs a form of poetry? Why or why not?

Students will know:
- Students will know the meaning of ten figurative language terms and how to recognise them, understand the meaning of the text, and create their own.

Students will be able to:
- Define a figurative language term.
- Give an example
- Select a song
- Give an example of the figurative language from the lyrics of the chosen song.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You will be given a poetic figurative language term to define and understand. You will research a song that exhibits and explains that term and its meaning.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Students may write their own lyrics with figurative language.
Understanding (see rubric)

Self Assessment
A self-evaluation rubric will also be provided.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Grade 8 LA- Figurative Language in Poetry through lyrics
This project requires a sound editing software. We downloaded a shareware called SndSampler. This software can be installed on any computer for 30 days.

To be done prior to first lab visit:
Teach ten figurative language terms used in poetry and their meanings.
Students will experience creating examples of each figurative language.
Students will listen to songs and identify figurative language in the lyrics and name it.
Students will be explained the project for which they will prepare a Hyperstudio presentation in which they will be assigned one figurative language. They will be provided with the rubric as well as guidelines of the expectations of the project. In the presentation, they are to define the figurative language, create an example, and find lines of lyrics in a song from their CD library. Once the lyrics are identified , the students will incorporate them in the Hyperstudio presentation they are preparing.

First period in the lab: Intro to Hyperstudio
Show example
Create cards
Add background
Change text size, font, etc.
Add button-action
Add pictures

Period 2:Students work on presentation-
Review the basics of HS and teach how to convert and add sound clips using SndSampler.

Period 3: Finish presentation.
Have students start presenting the HS presentations and mark using the rubric. The student may Mark each-other using the rubric or self-assess their presentation.

Teacher may need to book lab in  order to finish viewing students' HS presentations.

Key Design Elements

How will students know where they are going, why they are headed there, and how they will be evaluated?

Where- To songs to discover the meaning of figurative language.  Why-  understand the meaning of poetry
How-  recognising and understanding the meaning of words in action.

How will you hook the students at the beginning of the unit?

Listening to songs they may or may not be familiar with and enjoying the meaning of the words in songs.

What will help students experience the big idea of this unit?  How will you equip them with the needed skills and knowledge?

Meaning of language in songs.
Equip-  meaning, variety of songs, identifying terms

How will you get students to reflect and rethink?  How will you guide them in rehearsing, revising, and  refining their work?

Reflect and rethink.- By listening and focussing on investigating term

How will students exhibit and self-evaluate their growing skills, knowledge and understanding?

Exhibit- Share a Hyperstudio presentation on a song identifying a figurative language term.
Know the criteria for the rubric in understanding.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)

Click to download


Click to download Rubric


Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need HyperStudio installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 17 August,2005