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.
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.
- 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.