It is important to relate to reluctant learners and find ways to teach them at their level, engaging their interests.
This lesson shows students the poetry in an Eminem song. The song chosen is one with a positive message and no inappropriate words. An added bonus (I hope) to using a popular song is that students will hear it outside of the classroom and be reminded of what they learned.
This lesson is best used after poetic devices have been taught (rhyme, alliteration, etc.). My two-day lesson on poetic devices is available here: Making poetry fun: 2 day intro to poetic terminology
Lyrics are included with the lesson, but the audio (if desired) will have to be obtained separately.
This lesson plan is also part of a price-saving bundle which includes the two-day intro to poetic terms, as well as 3 days of fun poetry lessons:
Fun with Poetry Bundle: Intro to terms and 5 days of fun lesson plans
A note about my lessons:
Each lesson has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While they list ESL standards and were used in a classroom with ESL students, these lessons are appropriate for students of all abilities. They were used in diverse classrooms with students who ranged from speaking no English, to being fluent native speakers.