I'm Gonna Make a Change "Man in the Mirror," Song Lyrics, Lesson Plan, Video, Poetry, and Analysis Activities.
Classroom tested. Loaded with valuable teachable moments! Using a song that sends an amazing message of "making a difference, stand up, to be global citizens, and to make a change," is an easy strategy to build classroom community.
This activity is also a really engaging exercise for civil rights, Black History Month, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday in January, American Literature, Social Studies, Anti-Bullying, health, Earth Day, social awareness, sociology, leadership, civics, service, sociology, positive behavior, character education, and philanthropy.
Teacher Notes…for you
Common Core Standards and Lesson Plan
"Man in the Mirror, " Song Lyrics Handout
(also for projector or smart board)
"Man in the Mirror," Video and Background
(for projector or smart board, can also be a handout)
What is a Motif? 2 handouts (2)
How to Analyze a Song Handout
Song Analysis Questions Worksheet
Audience Questions Worksheet
Acrostic Poem handout, "CHANGE"
Design a T-Shirt
Design a T-Shirt Writing Prompt
3 Writing Prompts
This activity can be accomplished in 2-3 class periods; follow-up activities would extend the activity.
Suggested for secondary students grades 7-12.
Easy! Can be done as a class discussion or in small groups, depending on your preference. The materials can also look great as a bulletin board.
*MUST HAVE YOUTUBE*
-respond (orally or in writing) to the lyrics, music and video imagery of "Man in the Mirror"
-appreciate the way in which words, music and images interact to create meaning.
-understand that music and videos can be significant forms of historical and cultural expression.
-recognize the cross-curricular excitement of the arts with social studies and literature.
-comprehend that there may be multiple interpretations of a work of art (including the artist’s).
The music video combined with the lyrics are very powerful. In preparing this lesson for my own students and TpT, I had many emotions just creating these activities. If you are looking for a deep and meaningful experience, this is it.
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