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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spicing up those final days!

Hey y'all!

Oh goodness, we're well under 20 days left of school! Only 7 days left of instructional teaching and then it's finals!  Which means I only have 17 days until my trip of the year!  (For those of you who don't know, I will be backpacking through Europe for the months of June and July and I am completely excited - I can't focus on anything except the trip at this point!)

My students are getting restless, as am I - quite frankly, who wants to be doing the same ol' thing when summer is just right around the corner?  So I've had to spice things up a bit.  I started incorporating music to review theme, mood and figurative language all in one.  I had the students make a simple graphic organizer and each column was dedicated to one topic - theme, mood, figurative language, the first column was the name of the song.  I used popular songs to get them into it - Life is a Highway, Let it Go, etc.  Then students started requesting songs, and surprisingly, the songs they chose were pretty appropriate - The Climb, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, etc.  They even backed up their song choice with what is in it for figurative language, etc.

So if you are looking to spice up your last few days, especially with high schoolers - you just can't go wrong with music!


Ms. Bergin