Moody Subjunctives

If I were a boy…”

If I were a rich man…”

If I should stay/I would only be in your way…”

As these lyrics caressed our ears over the past few decades, few of us realized that these were examples of English grammar in its proper usage.  Naturally, they then became a part of today’s lesson.

The students walked into class while I played the late Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You.”  They then worked on their Warm Up activity while listening to Beyoncé’s rendition of “If I Were A Boy” and “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani (this song used the melody of “If I Were A Rich Man” from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof“).

Once the lesson was in full swing, we reviewed the subjunctive mood again and expanded that to include all three verb moods: indicative, imperative, and subjunctive.  I also provided them with the flow chart below to help them discern what sentences utilized which moods.

Verb Mood Cheat Sheet

We then reviewed examples of the subjunctive mood interspersed with videos of alternate versions of the songs above to illustrate the use of the subjunctive in context of songs as additional examples of modern literature.

If I Were A Boy-Reba
Though listeners of Pop and R & B music would attribute the song “If I Were A Boy” to Beyonce’ Knowles, it was actually written and originally recorded by BC Jean at the same time Beyonce’ recorded it. Reba McIntyre then recorded her own version of the song in 2010.
Dolly Parton
“I Will Always Love You” was a hit for legendary Country artist Dolly Parton almost two decades before Whitney Houston recorded her hit version for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack.
If I Were A Rich Man
In “If I Were A Rich Man,” protagonist Tevye sings in conversation with God about what he would do if he had been blessed with riches in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

 

 

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Study for subjunctive assessment.
  • Study for Friday’s vocabulary quiz
  • Input your “If I Were President” speech onto KidBlog.
  • Respond to the “Dear Dr. King” posts of at least 2 other classmates.  Try to respond where no previous responses were made.

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