Meet the needs of your auditory learners while also completing literary analysis and close reading for American Literature. With this lesson and activity, students listen to songs that reflect various ideas about America. Then they read and annotate the song lyrics, analyzing them as poems. When completing this lesson, the teacher plays clips of classic songs from different genres and time periods. It’s strongly recommended that the teacher preview lyrics
to ensure the appropriateness of the songs for his/her students. Online Links
are provided to music clips and song lyrics, but the teacher may want to purchase some of the songs before the lesson.
Song recommendations include the following: Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie, The Times They Are a Changin’ by Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath War Pigs, Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue by Toby Keith, American Idiot by Green Day. Your students will be amazed that song lyrics can be analyzed as poems!
Please note that this lesson is an individual component of a larger product that encompasses an entire unit on American Voices. If interested, here is the link to the unit:
American Voices Through Poetry, Music & Art
These other American Literature resources may also interest you:
American Voices Through Art
American Voices Through Poetry
Close Reading To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird Trashketball Review Game
I've Been to the Mountaintop by MLK, Jr.
Literary Analysis Essay Writing
Essay Writing with Exemplar Papers
A Raisin in the Sun
Of Mice and Men