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"Firework" by Katy Perry: Using Song Lyrics to Teach Figurative Language

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This web resource uses the popular Katy Perry song "Firework"  to teach elements of figurative language and poetry.

Connections to Standards

This lesson provides a graphic organizer with song lyrics from "Firework" to teach similes, alliteration, rhyme, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification.

Alignment to Standards

Recognize and understand basic literary terms (e.g., simile, metaphor, setting, point of view, alliteration, onomatopoeia).
Recognize and understand basic literary terms (e.g., simile, metaphor, setting, point of view, alliteration, onomatopoeia).
Identify and analyze common literary terms (e.g., personification, conflict, theme).
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.