Lesson Plan

Diggin' Deeper - Poetry Made Relevant: Poetry And Poetic Devices

What do Beethoven, Bob Dylan, and Pharrell all have in common? Works by these three musicians are used to launch a study of poetry. Class members listen to passages from the music and craft a quick write about how the music makes them feel. Scholars then identify poetic devices in the songs and the devices in one of their favorite songs. To conclude the lesson, participants craft their poems following the format of their favorite song.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • The audio of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is 1:05 long; select a portion of the symphony to play for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a sound system to play the music and projection equipment for the PowerPoint and the video
  • Plan to spend additional prep time to collect,  prepare and copy the many required materials
  • Teacher's notes offer suggestions for how to adapt the lesson to individual classrooms
  • Materials are available in Spanish and English
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