Figurative Language Has Invaded Your Playlist!!!


W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
W.9-10.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
L.9-10.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


Figurative language song!

Learning Target

Scholars will search their own playlists to find examples of figurative language, and write these examples down on giant posters to hang in the hallway.

Work Session

Welcome to Thursday!!

Guys, I have a secret to tell you.

Something has invaded your phones. Like a virus, only… scarier.

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE (aaaaiiiieeeee!!!!)

(thanks for the dramatic shrieks!)

Today in class we’re going to be making some big posters with examples of figurative language on them. But I’m not one of those lame-o teachers who thinks that examples like “I have a mountain of laundry at home” are cool examples (that’s a lie), I’m one of those awesome teachers that lets you find examples from popular music.

On your phones.

So, here’s what we’re going to do! I’ll give you the list of the literary devices we’ve been studying on the board, and I’ll hang posters around the class with the literary devices written on them. Your job is to play with your phone, find lyrics that fit the literary devices, and then go write those lyrics up on the giant poster.

Da Rules:
-SCHOOL APPROPRIATE!! Don’t put up any lyrics with bad words.
-Have me check your examples before you put them on the poster 🙂

Your lyrics can be from any song and any genre so long as there are no curse words. Double check with me if you’re not sure if a word is a curse word.

You have all day to work on this – enjoy!!

Closing Session

There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house. Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?


Posters will be informally assessed, students should turn in their lists, students will be checked off as they go as formative assessment.


Student interest, technology use, students may work with partners if needed.

One comment

  1. lindsey says:

    i love this idea! Sorry I’m stealing it!

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