Figurative Language

This Figurative Language lesson plan also includes:

The lyrics of popular songs provide an opportunity for language learners to deepen their understanding of how figurative language adds depth of meaning and nuances to songs. Class members identify the devices used in their favorite songs, and then craft their own examples to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Caution class members to choose songs with classroom appropriate lyrics
  • Preview the available YouTube videos of the featured songs to determine if appropriate to your learning situation
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies
  • Although designed for language learners, the PowerPoint is appropriate for any language arts class study of figurative language
  • The sophisticated language used in the PowerPoint makes the presentation most appropriate for advanced language learners
Pros

  • The 14-page resource includes a detailed plan, the PowerPoint, a pre and post test, worksheets, song lyrics, and graphic organizers
Cons

  • No scaffolding is provided for the language used in the text-heavy PowerPoint presentation
  • Beware of the grammar and usage errors
  • A list of children's book recommendations is not included
Common Core