5 Ways Poetry and Songs Enhance School Learning Skills

CHAPTER FOUR: PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS

Poetry and Music at School

In Assumptions Regarding Music and Poetry

It’s wrong to assume that song lyrics and musical compositions have lessIMPORTANCE OF POETRY AND SONGS IN SCHOOLS

THEY DEVELOP LANGUAGE

Reading and writing poetry helps develop important language

and literacy skills. It enables pupils to see the endless possibilities of language in shaping expression and creating meaning. And because poetry and songs often breaks grammar and punctuation rules, it can also be accessible to EFL pupils. Whilst their vocabulary may initially be limited, they give them the opportunity to experiment with language without being confined by rigid grammar and structures. Similar to reading, they give pupils the opportunity to read and absorb different styles of writing from many different authors. As a teacher, you’ll be amazed to watch your classroom’s language grow!

THEY DEVELOP CREATIVE THINKING

Due to the fact that poetry and songs breaks rules, there’s a

lot of freedom to be found in writing them. It encourages creative thinking in language, structure and imagery. It forces your pupils to think outside the box and find creative ways to express their thoughts and feelings. Exposing your pupils to a variety of styles of poetry and songs will help them see the possibilities available in them and inspire creativity and imagination. Jeanette Winterson, a renowned British poet and writer, once said about poetry; « It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place« . Poetry will allow your pupils to truly express their own unique selves, intertwining their creative thoughts with poetic skill.

 

THEY DEVELOP PUBLIC SPEAKING

Poetry and songs originally developed as an oral tradition. Historically, they wouldn’t be written down and passed on, but shared as spoken word. Much of poetry and songs have an oral quality to it, where rhythm and rhyme play a central role. Teaching your public to understand poetry as music and sound will also help to get into the aspect of poetry as a performance. Getting your pupils to be inspired and perform poems and songs will help build their public speaking skills and confidence in front of an audience. These public speaking skills will be carried with them as they navigate their educational and professional years, a tool they’ll have to give them a competitive advantage.

 

THEY DEVELOP EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Poetry and songs provide a freedom of expression for pupils to

express themselves and their identities with metaphor, imagery and symbolism. Being able to use language freely in this way will help pupils to gain new perspectives on life and ordinary experiences. Poetry and songs often explore a complex ornement of emotions and encouraging pupils to recognise these will help them develop greater emotional intelligence. It will also help them develop a greater sense of self-awareness that they can carry with them through life. Poetry and songs might become a way pupils can share their thoughts which they may have otherwise found hard to communicate and express, and in this sense is a truly freeing experience.

MODELING LESSON

PREPARATION CARD N°17/023

DATE : Thursday, 12th October 2023

CLASS : 3rd Pedagogy A

HOUR : 9h10-10h00

REVISION : Grammar : the noun

SUBJECT MATTER : « My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean”: Vocabulary

REFERENCES : My bonnie Song on google.com

DIDACTIC MATERIELS : Chalk and BB

AIMS: At the end of this lesson, pupils should be able to communicate while using the new lexis.

TIMING SUBJECT MATTER METH AND PROC.
5’I. WARM-UP

T- Writes the title of the Poem on the Blackboard and asks pipils to read them silently and then aloud.

25’II. SUBJECT MATTER

Sea /siː/ :

E.g. Mediteranean is a sea.

Bring back /briƞ bæk/ : return, take back

g.: Bring back my Boniie

Over the ocean/ sea: In a place across an ocean/sea.

E.g. My Bonnie is over the ocean – Blow:

E.g. Blow the wind

Pillow : /ˈpɪləʊ/
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Dem.

 

Syn.

 

Def.

 

Sit.

 

 

Visual Aids

10’III. SYNTHESIS

‘My Bonnie lies over the ocean’ is a wellloved

DIDACTIC MATERIELS :Chalk and BB

AIMS: At the end of this lesson, pupils should be able to communicate while using the new lexis.

TIMING SUBJECT MATTER METH AND PROC.
5’V. WARM-UP

T- Writes the songs on the Blackboard Ps- follow

25’VI. SUBJECT MATTER

T- Writes the song on the Blackboard

T- recites lines

T- and Ps recite the lines as many times needed

Ps- recite lines by themselves

Recitation

Recitation

Recitation

10’VII. SYNTHESIS

Give me freedom Give me fire

Give me reason

Take me higher

See the champions Take the field now,

Unify us

Make us feel proud

5’VIII. REINFORCEMENT

T- asks pupils to recite the song by themselves in order to help their pronunciation skills.

Q/A

 

CONCLUSION

Now we have come to the end of this work. As a human being

work, we hope that there will be some imperfection and the correction is welcome.

Poetry and Lingala songs have been our main field of focusing

in this work, we have given the similarities and the differences between the two genres of literature.

The main difference is that a poem is not set to music, while a

song is.Similarities are that both are usually divided up into lines.Both can make use of repeated choruses, rhyme, and any number of phonetic techniques to create a sense of rhythm, even though none of these is necessary.
What Is the Difference Between a Poem and a Song?

PoemSong
Definition A literary composition that carefully chooses and arranges words in a beautiful and rhythmic

manner

A piece of writing that is intended to be sung or set to

music

How it’s structured Written with consideration of elements such as stanza, meter, and rhyming schemeWritten to be sung; therefore musical elements such as

melody, instrumentation, singer’s vocal ability, rhythm are

considered

Scope Poems can be long and tend to have no limitation in terms of

length

Song lyrics are typically kept

shorter

Nature Poems express a theme using elements such as imagery,

rhythm, and sound but don’t need

instrumentation

A song also expresses a message or theme but is usually accompanied by instrumentation and is
dependent on a regular rhythm
Specificity Words in a poem are called verses and are meant for readingWords in a song are called lyrics and are meant for singing

Due to our research, added the Pedagogical Implication on

this work, as we are going to be graduated in the Applied Pedagogy of English Language, we can conclude by saying that teachers cannot only be stuck in the teaching of texts found in the English For Africa but also try to translate some good and educational Congolese Lingala songs to strengthen pupils attention and interest in the genre.

As a challenge, we are leaving TTC today but our writings are

remaining here for ages, we call upon a challenge to one student who will be interested in the teaching of the genre to try the teaching of Lingala Translated Songs in Kisangani School.

Forever in our heart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Laurie, Timothy (2014). Cultural Studies Review.

WEBOGRAPHY

(https://www.grin.com/document/320363)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EPIGRAPH

DEDICACE

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INTRODUCTION 1

0.1. CHOICE OF AND INTEREST IN THE WORK 1

0.2. RESEARCH PROBLEM 2

0.3. HYPOTHESIS 3

0.4. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE WORK 4

0.5. METHODS USED 4

0.6. SOURCES OF DATA 5

0.7. LIMITATION OF THE WORK 5

0.8. REVIEW OF LITERATURE 6

0.9. DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED 7

0.10. DIVISION OF THE WORK 7

CHAPTER ONE: BRIEF HISTORY OF BOTH ENGLISH POETRY AND CONGOLESE LYRIC SONGS/MUSIC 8

1.1. HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH POETRY 8

1.1.1. Old English poetry 8

– Bief History 8

– Characteristics 9

1.1.2. Middle English Poetry 9

– History 9

– Characteristics 10

1.1.3. Modern English Poetry 10

1.2. History of Lingala Songs 13

1.2.1. Congolese Music before Colonial period to the independence day 14

1.2.2. Congolese Music from independence until today 15

Zaiko and post Zaiko (c. 1970–90) 16

CHAPTER TWO: PRELIMINARIES AND THEORY OF ENGLISH POEMS AND CONGOLESE SONGS 19

2.1. Poetry Definition 19

2.2. Types of poetry 20

2.2.1. Narrative poetry 21

Types of Narrative Poetry 21

2.2.2. Dramatic poetry 23

History of Dramatic Poetry 23

Features of Dramatic Poetry 24

Types of Dramatic Poetry 24

Dramatic Monologue 25

Soliloquy 26

Closet Dramas 26

Drawing Room Plays 26

Character Sketch 27

Dialogue 27

Dramatic Poetry Examples 27

Dramatic Monologue 27

2.2.3. Lyric poetry 27

Types of Lyric Poetry 28

a. The Sonnet 29

b. The Elegy 29

c. The Ode 29

2.3. Characteristics of English Poetry 30

Rhythm-Rhyme and meter 30

Stanza and lines-scansion 34

2.4. Song definition 35

2.5. Music Genres 36

2.5.1. Major music genres 36

a. Art music 36

b. Popular music 37

CHAPTER THREE: SIMILARITIES AND DISSIMILATIES BETWEEN ENGLISH POEMS AND CONGOLESE LYRIC SONG 41

SECTION 1: SIMILARITIES BETWEEN POETRY AND SONGS 43

1. Music and poetry have a lot in common when they are taken in strucure 43

2. Both music and poetry are forms of expression 45

3. Both music and poetry rely on a combination of sound and silence 47

4. There are many different types of music and poetry 47

5. Music and poetry share similar themes such as love, loss, and life 47

6. Both music and poetry use patterns of words 51

7. They both use rhythm to create emotion 51

8. Poetry can be found in song lyrics while music can be found in poems 52

9. Both music and poetry are timeless 52

10. Music can motivate people to create poetry while poetry can inspire musicians 52

Summary 52

SECTION 2: DISSIMILARITIES 53

1. Poetry Doesn’t Require a Tune 53

2. Music and Poetry Have slight Different Forms and Structures 54

3. Interpretations of Music and Poetry Are Different 55

Judging Music vs. Poetry 55

4. Poetry and Music Are Appreciated Differently 55

CHAPTER FOUR: PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS 58

Poetry and Music at School 58

Assumptions Regarding Music and Poetry 58

IMPORTANCE OF POETRY AND SONGS IN SCHOOLS 60

CONCLUSION

BIBLIOGRAPHY 67

WEBOGRAPHY 68

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