Education Week – Benjamin Levy

As I browse through the video lessons in the eduCanon database, I am continuously impressed by the creative ways teachers transform traditionally non-educational videos into engaging learning experiences. For me it would be hard to envision the educational value in a Katy Perry music video or a clip from a recent Simpsons Halloween special. But, of course, I should never underestimate the creativity and tech-savviness of the teacher community!

Among the most interesting video lessons like this I’ve stumbled upon are those centered around figurative language. I believe that is because English teachers recognize the prevalence of similes, metaphors, personification, and so on throughout popular culture—recognitions that an average person will miss. So what are some ways teachers have taught these literary devices using music videos and television? In this post, we’ll dive into specific video examples with embedded questions. Read More