Thursday, November 10, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Identifying Literary Elements Using Rap Music: Auditory Learners!”

by Ann Marie Smith
6th - 12th Grade

Getting on the same page w/ our middle school darlings can be easy. Using their music is one way!  In this activity, my students listen to "Gangsta's Paradise" (Coolio) as they follow along with the written lyrics 1st!  Then, they listen a 2nd time, reading along to look for literary elements discussed during current unit or prior to activity. My students use highlighters to mark literary elements, as well as make notes to identify elements in the margin. Partners work great for this activity. This relates PERFECTLY with some "hard to reach" students who just don't like English. I encourage them to refer to Literary Element handbook in our textbook & their notes, which forces them to access other resources to complete assignments! I sometimes have them compete to see who can find the most -- for prizes!

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