Students love to listen to music and analyze songs as poetry. While Paul McCartney wrote "Eleanor Rigby" back in the 1960s, most students are familiar with it, familiar with the Beatles — or *should becomes so! ;-)
This is a fantastic song, and most students, once you go through it with them, end up loving it. I like it because I find it is versatile. I use this product in one of three ways:
(1) When teaching Steinbeck's novella, _Of Mice and Men_, you can use this poem to more deeply explore the theme of loneliness in each text.
(2) In a poetry unit, looking in-depth at the Beatles heartbreaking song "Eleanor Rigby" as poetry.
(3) In any lesson/unit where loneliness is explored. This poem offers a short snapshot of loneliness and its effects in the world. I have used this song to great effect, for example, in a Social-Emotional Learning unit.
This product contains over 55 pages, as listed in the following:
1/ A one-page handout of the song lyrics, with illustration, including line numbers.
2/ A one-page handout of the poem (slightly modified from the song), with line numbers.
3/ A 47-slide PowerPoint file with a step-by-step working through the poem. This includes detailed slide notes with the answers/points. Also included are definitions of rhetorical question, theme statement, and what it means to gloss a poem. (While it is 47-slides, I think it would be more fair to say there are 18 full-content slides.)
4/ A five-page pdf file for the teacher of all the slide notes, clearly going through each slide.
6/ A one-page synthesis essay writing topic you can use your for higher level classes when studying _Of Mice and Men_
All together that is a full 26-pages of content. It is presented in 55-pages to allow for a more attractive and easy to read presentation.
You will find this material to cover three days of material, as students perform a close-reading of one of the most recognized pop-rock songs of all time.