Lesson Plan

Metaphorically Speaking...Seeing...Singing

Metaphor connections in English, Art, and Music
Jennifer V.
Classroom teacher
Lux Middle School
Lincoln, NE
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My Grades 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • identify similes and metaphors
  • understand the differences between the two
  • create their own similes and metaphors
  • recognize the application of this form of figurative language in art, writing and music
  • explain the meanings behind various similes and metaphors
Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
poetry and spoken word
reading comprehension
writing
Arts
design
music
Grades 6 - 8
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1 HOOK, DIRECT INSTRUCTION, GUIDED PRACTICE, INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

This lesson can be done independently or as a class.

  • Access the Nearpod titled "Metaphorically Speaking".

    To view it, click here: https://s.nearpod.com/j/BF132ABC81EF0AD6940B0AF5F149DB83-1 .

    To download the presentation to your Nearpod library, click here: https://np1.nearpod.com/sharePresentation.php?code=d96190c2f8a58278f6975...

    I hope you enjoy it!

  • Watch the interactive video created with Zaption.
  • Students can independently answer the questions or the class can move through as a teacher-led lesson.
  • Discuss and define metaphors and similes using the slides on the Nearpod.
  • Watch Michale Buble "Everything" music video with lyrics.
  • Student will underline and circle evidence of similes and metaphors.
  • Complete poll to check for understanding.
  • Move on to the visual metaphors with the slide of Vladimir Kush's African Sonata. 
  • Allow students to contemplate the meaning and metaphorical relationships in this work.
  • Review and practice with another piece of writing, music and artwork.
  • Finally, students can listen to Carnival of the Animals.  This composition is a represent of many different animals.  The Zaption is about 30 minutes, but it allows the teacher to choose how many the students engage in. 
  • For discussion purposes, we have listed the "intended" metaphors.  However students will have many different interpretations.
    The animals represented in each movement are:
    Intro
    Lions
    Hens and Cockerals
    Wild Donkeys
    Tortoises
    Elephants
    Kangaroos
    Aquarium
    Person with Long Ears
    Cuckoo
    Aviary
    Pianists
    Fossils
    The Swan
    Finale
     

2 WRAP UP