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Copy of Figurative Language and Theme Using Popular Music

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Chris Walonski

on 19 October 2012

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#2 #1 McCoy, Travie. "Stereo Hearts." Lyrics. The Papercut Chronicles 2. Lirick Music, 2011. Somtimes you have to
decode figurative language BEFORE you can understand what an author is trying to say, and you ALWAYS have to understand what the authors is trying to say to figure out the theme. Let's break down the lyrics.
I'll put the figurative language
in this presentation, you write
down the literal meanings
in your notebook as we go. 1.) Identify the type of figurative
language AND justify.
2.) Write the LITERAL meaning.
3.) Have you ever wanted to write something like this to someone?
4.) Write an example of figurative language to show someone you like them.

My heart’s a stereo
It beats for you, so listen close
Hear my thoughts in every note 1.) Identify the type of figurative
language AND justify.
2.) How does this remind you of how
you've felt in the past? Make a connection.

Make me your radio
Turn me up when you feel low
This melody was meant for you #3 1.) Identify the type of figurative language AND justify.
2.) How does this show the character's hopes?
3.) Does this passage relate to anyone you know?

If I was just another dusty record on the shelve
Would you blow me off and play me like everybody else #4 1.) Write the type of figurative language AND justify.
2.) What does this show us about their relationship?
3.) Make a quick play/skit with your team about what must have happened to the speaker in the past.

I apologize for any skipping tracks
The the last girl that played me left a couple cracks #5 1.) How do you know the type of figurative language in this passage?
2.) What does this show us about the speaker? Justify your answer.

If I could only find a note to make you understand
I'd sing it softly in your ear and grab you by the hands
To keep me stuck inside your head, like your favorite tune #6 1.) How does the speaker want to be treated? Justify
how you know this.
2.) What does this show us about the character? Describe him in 5 words.
3.) Write 6 questions you would ask the speaker at the dinner table.

If I was an old-school, fifty-pound boombox
Would you hold me on your shoulder, wherever you walk #7 1.) What is the speaker really asking here? How do
you know?
2.) Have you ever felt doubt like this?

Would you turn my volume up in front of the cops?
And crank it higher every time they told you to stop? #8 1.) What is the LITERAL meaning of this
passage? How do you know?
2.) Do you think the speaker wants to be with
this person for a long time? Why or why not?

And all I ask is that you don’t get mad at me
When you have to purchase mad D batteries #9 1.) When the speaker says, "because good music
can be so hard to find," do you think he could
be talking about love? Why or why not?

I only pray you never leave me behind
Because good music can be so hard to find Now, read the 9 entries in your notebook. What is the songwriter trying to tell you about life? That's THEME! DO NOW! On a blank sheet of notebook paper:
FULL headingTitle:
Figurative Language and Theme

Bellwork: What is a simile?
What is a metaphor?
What is personification?
What is theme? (NOT main idea!) On your paper:Number your paper 1- (9?)
left justified
skip one line between each number DOL 1.)What is theme?
2.)How can you identify theme?

3.)What is a simile in this song:

Could we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?

I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now

4.) What is the theme of this song?

5.) Justify, how do you know? PREDICTION TIME! Review what you have said about this song so far.

With a partner, make a prediction for what the theme of this song must be and JUSTIFY your answer.
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