Neat rows of well-behaved year 9s collapse into giggles and cover their faces with their hands as, on the stage, English teacher Sam Berkson launches into a Linton Kwesi Johnson poem, Mekin Histri, in a startling Jamaican accent...
Kids love all types of music so it makes sense to use its power in the classroom. I loved many of the ideas on this site; the role-playing, persuasive jingles, music reviews, and music covers all work in multiple content areas.
Sometimes it is difficult to think of new ways for students to showcase their knowledge. Read this article to learn how to encourage creative soundtracks in almost any content area. I have used a similar assignment and students loved using their imaginations to make a list of Hamlet's favorite songs.
Part 4 includes very good lessons about how to incorporate music into your classroom instruction. I like the focus on lyrics about memory and the discussion questions. I also like exercises that focus on diction in song lyrics.
After this lesson, students will not listen to songs the same way. They will start hearing the literary devices and enjoy pointing them out to peers! The video is a slideshow that provides excellent examples of figurative language in a Katy Perry song.