Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry

Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry
Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry
Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry
Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry
Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry
Analyzing Poetry using Songs as Poetry
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Oftentimes, it is difficult for students to find poetry interesting.  Despite this fact, one of my most successful lessons each school year is “Songs as Poetry.”  In this lesson, students analyze popular songs in order to find the song’s purpose, message, and figurative meanings.  Through this process, students use many of the same skills to analyze the songs as they would a poem.  In the background of class, the selected songs are played on speakers as students look through a printout of the lyrics of each of the chosen songs.  This is a flexible lesson as songs can be chosen by the teacher, or to secure the most engagement, the teacher may allow students to recommend songs prior to the lesson and choose songs from the student list that will fit the teacher’s academic needs.  On the lesson day, I typically allow students to choose their groups, and I select one song for them to analyze, and I allow them to choose the second song.  

RESOURCES

· Open-ended, text-dependent questions

· Choose 1 song per group of students (or you may use the songs I attached to this lesson)

I attached some songs that have been requested in my past classes.  I tried to format the lyrics as efficiently as possible to save paper but also allow for space on the sides to annotate if you choose to let your students do so.

STANDARDS

RL 8.1, RL 8.4, L 8.4, L 8.5, L 8.6

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