This activity is meant to be used as a way to review literary devices in a way that offers choice to students based on their musical tastes. This could also be taken as a whole class activity selecting one or all of the songs to analyze over a few days. In my class, my students select the song that they want to analyze and then access my Google classroom page for the link to the song. I had them work for two days and then turned this into their assessment grade. They rocked it!
My motivation for creating this really boils down to my students. I want to appeal to the wide variety of tastes that exists within all my classes. Some of them are sweet “country boys” or teenagers filled with angst or just kids who listen to the radio. For the rap selection, finding a school appropriate song proved to be quite difficult, which is why I went with the poem version of the song. However, there is a video attached of Tupac talking about his poem and eventual song.