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Resources Song Poems
Resource Preview You can use the lyrics from popular songs to help the class explore rhythm and rhyme in poetry. The class can practise their listening skills when recording lyrics to use as the basis for poetry. The children can explore how the lyrics in the chosen songs change when selecting vocabulary that does not match the rhythm or rhyming patterns.

Working co-operatively, the children can practise editing the song lyrics to create poems on specific themes or subjects. The class can then rehearse and perform their poems as part of an assembly to the school.

Lyric Listening
As preparation for this activity, you can select some popular songs that the children can use as the basis for their poems. Try and choose songs with a consistent rhythm and rhyming structure that the class will be able to utilise when editing the lyrics to match a specific theme or subject. Play the selected songs for the class to listen carefully and record their lyrics. Get the children to read the recorded lyrics back to identify the matching rhythm and rhyming structures used in each song. Tell the class to pause at the end of each line to avoid them singing the lyrics as opposed to reading them aloud.

Rhyming Changes
Work with the class to identify the rhyming pattern used in the song lyrics. The children can use colours to indicate the matching rhymes for different parts of the poem. Get them to explore how the rhyming structure breaks when using alternative vocabulary for each pair of identified rhyming words. Split the class into pairs and get them to change the rhyming words in the song lyrics using matching words to alter the meaning and feeling of the poem.

Line Rhythms
The class can also identify the rhythm patterns used in each line of the song lyrics. The children can add dots above words to indicate matching syllables. Get them to practise clapping the syllable patterns in each line to identify the rhythms. Work with the class to investigate what happens to the rhythm when vocabulary with other syllables are used to replace words in each line of the poem. The children can also try building their own lines following the pattern of syllables identified in the song lyrics.

Lyric Compositions
Split the class into pairs and get the children to work together to edit the selected song lyrics to compose a poem on a specific theme or subject to match a classroom topic such as poems about the weather or a period in history. Get the children to select and use vocabulary to match the rhythm and rhyming patterns already identified in the song lyrics. Encourage the class to read their poetry compositions aloud to check that they match the rhythm and rhyming patterns.

Poetry Performances
Once the children have completed their poetry compositions they can rehearse the poem ready for a performance. Spend time discussing and modelling to the class the most effective ways of reading a poem aloud using voice expression and intonation. The children could also select actions to accompany lines in their poem to make their performance exciting and interesting for an audience. Following the rehearsal the class can perform their completed poems during a school assembly.

Resource Preview Weather Words
Perform rhythms in different words to describe types of weather

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 1/2

     Resource Preview Song Styles
Practise changing and performing a wartime song as a rap

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 5/6

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