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Tell the World about #myGWMS

We’re looking to show off the great people, programs, opportunities, and just the all-around fun that happens here at George Waters. If you’ve got something that you love about our school or something that we should brag about, here’s your chance! Share your idea and you could end up in a video, on social media, in a poster, or even on a button or t-shirt!

Rhyme Time!

Just like poems, not all song lyrics rhyme, but some do. In poetry, and in song lyrics, there’s even a predictable pattern of rhymes. We’ll start to look at and for those today.

But first…

Today is your lucky day! Today, I introduce you lucky people to one of my favourite lessons of the year!

You can VIEW the video here. If you want to hear the video (and you do, because it’s amazing), you will need to download it. If you don’t download, there will be no sound (which would be a real shame!)

Song lyrics: Rhyme Rehab

Exercise booklet

We will also look through the song and find all of the rhymes. Some are perfect rhymes (thirst and worst sound exactly the same at the end) and some are SLANT rhymes (hands and line dance don’t sound exactly the same at the end, but thery’re pretty close if you say them right)





Song Sleuths

By now you’ve read through a lot of song lyrics and have looked at examples of figurative language in them. Those were songs that I found and gave you the lyrics for. Now, it’s your turn to show me some songs!

You’ll have to find AT LEAST 4 songs (could be more)
You’ll have to find AT LEAST 1 example EACH (probably more) of a simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole

You’ll have to include the full lyrics for the song. Don’t miss anything in the songs! You’ll lose marks if ANY examples aren’t pointed out in your lyrics. But you’ll also lose marks if you misidentify things, so example those lyrics carefully!

All song lyrics must be copied and pasted into a Word document (I’ll show you the best way to do that) and you need to clearly show where the figurative language is in the song.

Don’t use sketchy lyrics sites! Just type “lyrics” then the name of the song and possibly the artist into Google and you should get everything you need. If not… maybe you want to pick another song.

All song lyrics must be school appropriate!

Some songwriters are a lot more poetic than others! I’d say that most songwriters will have examples of most of these somewhere in their songs, but they might be hard to find. Choose your songs/artists wisely!

Welcome Back!

Well, whether you like it or not, Sprng Break is over and it’s time to get right back to work so that you can finish this year off strong. Really, there’s only a couple of serious months left! We’ve got some work to do!

But first, let’s look back at Spring Break with a journal entry. I want you to talk about not just what you did but how you felt, what you wish you could have done, whether you feel better after a break, etc. Put some real thought into reflecting on the week that was and what it did to you and for you.

Next, remember that Figurative Language Check-In that you were supposed to finish and hand in? Well, surprise surprise, a bunch of you didn’t hand it in! Shocker, I know. Get it out and get it done!

Hey, welcome back! It’s good to see you again!

Personification in Song Lyrics

Personification is one of the most common types of figurative language used in song lyrics. So often, cars, guitars, trains, animals, or a variety of other objects are used as metaphors for human behaviour or emotions.

Super obvious example:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Here are two of my absolute favourites, but they aren’t quite so obvious:


And here’s one of three songs written about the same subject by one of my very favourite songwriters ever, who just happens to be from right here in Winnipeg:


Now here are some that are a little less obvious. All of them contain some kind of personification, most in more than one spot. Go through a couple of these and try to find all of the personification.

As you’re going, also find all of the similes and metaphors. Highlight each a different colour.