Jazz & Similes: Language Meets Music

Grades 4-5 / ELA / Arts Integration
CCSS: ELA.RL.5.4 ELA.L.4.5a

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature K–5

5

5th Grade

4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

L

Language

4

4th Grade

5a

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

a. Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

b. Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

c. Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).

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Lesson Objective
Understand and use similes to express ideas in writing
Length
14 min
Questions to Consider
How does reading the book about Duke Ellington help students write their own similes?
Note how Ms. Letford uses her voice to keep students engaged.
What strategies does Ms. Letford use to make this lesson accessible to English Language Learners?
Support Materials Below
Lesson Plan
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.5.4, ELA.L.4.5a

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Jazz & Similes: Language Meets Music

Grades 4-5 / ELA / Arts Integration

Jazz & Similes: Language Meets Music