This song analysis helps students increase their depth of knowledge when interpreting texts. It also leads to great class discussion about peer pressure and conformity. Youtube links and lyrics are included.
First, students interpret and analyze the meaning of the French song "Petites Boîtes" by Graeme Allwright. This familiar song has a simple, catchy tune and easy-to-understand lyrics. The lyrics subtly critique the conformity of society.
Next, the students do a compare/contrast with the orginal English version of "Little Boxes", written by Malvina Reynolds.
Finally, there is a writing (or speaking) prompt for students to talk about conformity in their lives or in society, and how they see themselves or others put in "little boxes".