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Figurative Language Through Song for Language Arts and Music Teachers (Part 4)

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

This post is the fourth and final post in a series of posts for a Figurative Language Unit designed for Music Teachers and Language Arts Teachers. Check out parts 1, 2, and 3. Here, we give a discussion on Canva and a pacing guide to help you though. Find this full resource on F-flat Books and TeachersPayTeachers (Links coming soon).

Figurative Language Through Song Unit Part 4.

12. Canva and Canva for Education

Canva Logo

Canva is mentioned a couple of times throughout the unit. Canva and its counterpart, Canva for Education, is a graphic design site for content creators, students, and educators. It provides a plethora of design templates, lesson plans templates, and video templates to choose from. Canva for Education is free for educators who can prove they are qualified, giving them access to the premium features that the paid version promotes. It is fully integrated with Google Classroom, which means learners can design together with teachers and friends within the classroom. Anyone who joins a classroom with a qualified educator account will also have access to all the premium features when designing within that setting. I always have Canva for Education as an option for poster projects or presentations. Some do also choose to do paper, but many find their confidence in Canva. 

13. Pacing Guide

This unit was delivered in a mix of online and in-person, so this pacing guide may be altered to fit your particular situation. These are only suggestions.

Below is a suggested pacing guide for this unit to help you organize and guide your activities:

Day 1

Symbolism Quick Write

Day 2

Simile Quick Write

Day 3

“Ironic” Google Doc Activity (Irony is a new concept for Grade 9)

Day 4

Introduce Figurative Language Song Poster (This can also work later in the project when learners have a better grasp of the concepts)

Day 5

Review Figurative Language Song Poster requirements

Give time to work on Figurative Language Song Poster

Day 6

Hyperbole Quick Write

Time to work on Figurative Language Song Poster

Day 7

Onomatopoeia Quick Write

Time to work on Figurative Language Poster

Day 8

Alliteration Quick Write

Taking a Look at a Song – “Cash it In” (this song might be different if you are having a different artist in)

Day 9

Irony Quick Write (to remind them of this concept)

Taking a Look at the Parts of a Song Google Slides Activity

Day 10

Personification Quick Write

Tell learners about guest artist

Day 11

Guest Artist (this will definitely depend on your artist and what day they can come to your class)

Day 12

Debrief from Guest Artist talk

Becoming a Character Quick Write (this was one of the tips from our artist we thought we would try)

Introduce Final Project: Write Your Own Song/Poem

Day 13

Symbolism in Song Quick Write

Review Final Project Requirements

Give time to work on Project

Days 14 – 18

Assign a Quick Write for Practice Daily

Give time to work on Final Project

Be sure to check out the other parts to this unit so you can try it with your learners, but also pick up the premium version on F-flat or TpT for extras and components not included in this series. Check out a preview below!

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