This is a found poetry lesson based on Taylor Swift's songs "Eyes Open" and "Safe and Sound," written exclusively for the film "The Hunger Games."
*Please note that I do not claim any rights to the songs, I played them in my classroom for instructional purposes, using a licensed copy.
This is a great activity for small groups or partners, but also works well for individuals.
Students should listen to the songs "Eyes Open" and "Safe and Sound" by Taylor Swift in class, as a whole group. Included in this download are questions for both songs, to be used as a handout (pages 1 and 2.)
Also included are copies of the lyrics to be used as a handout while students listen to the songs (Pages 3 and 4.)
The next portion of the activity would be to use the lyrics to create a new "found poem." Included in this download are large-print copies of the lyrics, suitable for cutting into pieces, and then placing into envelopes that students can manipulate into new poems that feature the Hunger Games.
It is up to the teacher to decide how to proceed with the found poetry. This download does not include a specific plan guiding exactly how you should cut, distribute, and grade your students on their found poetry works.
I generally have students work in groups of 2-3 and create a 4-stanza poem, 4 lines each out of the words. They then glue the words to a poster and present to the class. It's a great 2-day (90 minute) project for my lower-level 9th graders.
This is a great art project, as well, if you want your students to get creative with their poem displays.
Pages 1 and 2: Questions based on the songs
Pages 3 and 4: Lyric Handouts
Pages 5-12: Large-print cuttable lyrics