Variations of Pain
Learners listen to the song :King of Pain" by the Police. They identify different instrumentation and different rhythmic accompaniments to the opening vocal phrase and explore the text in-depth, discussing the various poetic images of pain. Then, using the local newspaper, they discuss the variety of ways pain is expressed by people affected by tragedy. In a creative writing assignment, they rewrite a factual news article to express the emotions of a person afflicted.