Close reading with music is a way to engage your students so they enjoy close reading!
Digital version using Google Slides ™ now included for all sets.
Music is a way of letting our emotions out and allowing ourselves to express our feelings. Music speaks to people, it inspires people, and it allows people to express themselves…why not teach with music in our classrooms?
Close reading with music has so many benefits!
• Your students will ENJOY close reading!
• Engaging for all students
• Deepens comprehension
• Promotes student talk
• Cite evidence from text
• Analyze song lyrics (helps with poetry and transfers to other types of texts)
• Improves listening and speaking skills
• Helps struggling readers (listen to lyrics first)
• Teach multiple concepts and skills: theme, inferencing, drawing conclusions, vocabulary, author’s purpose, observing details and facts,
• Teaches to all modalities of learning
Reading closely means reading for meaning and understanding. Close reading requires students to read, look, listen more slowly, noticing details, making connections, and asking questions.
Close reading takes practice and needs to be practiced regularly. This is why Music Monday or Tune Tuesday is the perfect “scheduled” close reading practice each week.
These strategies taught through high interest song lyrics will be engaging and make students want to dig deeper. These strategies will transfer over to other texts.
Reading lyrics (poetry to music) is like readers going on a scavenger hunt, uncovering the layers of meaning. As students close read, they analyze the text by reading it multiple times.
• Lyrics with space for annotation and for easy reference to cite evidence and debate points
• Possible topics of discussion, theme, questions
• Written response template
• Safeshare links for song lyrics video for each song
• Close Readers poster
• Music Monday or Tune Tuesday poster (you decide the day)
• Teacher Tips
• Graphic organizer for figurative language with suggested answers
Songs included so far: This Is My Fight Song, Let It Go, Temporary Home, Brave, Count On Me, Mean, Rachel Delavoryas, Fly, Man In the Mirror, Unwritten, Good To Be Alive, We Could Be Heroes, Cool Kids, Warrior, It's Your Life, Shake It Off, If You're Reading This, The Climb, Stressed Out, Keep Your Head Up, Firework, Don't Laugh At Me, Live Like You're Dying, Beautiful, My Wish, Everyday Superhero, Confident, If Today Was Your Last Day, Stand In the Light, Roar, Invincible, Human, Bad Day, Lost Boy, Gone, Gone, Gone, and Pocketful of Sunshine
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