Close reading with song lyrics has proven to be very helpful to my kids, and to a lot of your kids. SO, here's a way to help integrate this teaching idea into social studies.
In this 9 page packet, students will read the lyrics Disney's Newsies "Seize the Day." The song explains the feelings of newspaper boys when they were forming their union to fight the newspaper companies in the early 1900's.
*Article about Newsies
*8 close read questions
*3 graphic organizers to further understanding.
The song included will allow students to think deeply using the questions that are based on each song, as well as to further their understanding of how to pick text apart.
The lyrics, the metaphors, and the overall theme of the song will create conversation with your students which will have them thinking deeply while reading and listening to the lyrics.
Song lyrics can be used without copyright infringement. The actual musical versions of the songs are NOT included in this package. There are all available from iTunes and other online media sources for $1.29 (or less) each.
For this CLOSE read, I used the Broadway version, which is available from iTunes.
Hope your kids enjoy.