Poetry and Song

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. (from corestandards.org).

Does your family like to listen to music? Do you listen to music together? Take the opportunity to discuss what you are listening to and reinforce poetry vocabulary at the same time.

Poetry Vocabulary

Blank verse, free verse, haiku, song, ballad, couplet, repetition, meter, rhyme, rhythm, line break, stanza, line, verse, poem, lyric, alliteration, metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, imagery, personification, refrain.

Activities

  1. Define Vocabulary Words. Define the words with your child and then try to find examples in your favorite songs.
  2. Prioritize. After defining the words, work together to put them in order of most important to the success of a song to least important.
  3. Write a Song. As a family, use the music to a favorite song and change the lyrics into a song about your day.
  4. Perform. Ask your child to pick a favorite song and perform it in front of family or friends. They can sing, lip-sync, dance, or some combination of the above.
  5. Find the Story. Listen to a song that tells a story and discuss. Who is the song about? What happens?
  6. Poetry and Songs. Find a favorite poem and try to sing it using any melody you like.
  7. Songs and History. Traditionally, songs have been very important to many cultures. Find songs that have meant something to our culture and share them with your child. For instance, find songs written about the Vietnam War and talk to your child about their meaning.

Children generally love songs and singing. Parents can use songs at home to connect with the poetry standards at school. Use the terms at home and show how songs have cultural, historical, and personal significance by discussing favorite songs throughout your life.

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