After 15 years of teaching varying abilities levels of 9-12th grade, the only assignment that NEVER fails to engage my students is one with music. This resource is a diverse chart of 200 authors (classic and contemporary) connected to 265 songs (the artist's name is included) from multiple genres (poetry, novels, short stories, plays,etc). I use this list in various capacities - as an introduction to the novel or poem, as an analysis piece (think character, textual, thematic, etc. ) or in WHATEVER way I can make it work to further engage my students in understanding AND appreciating what we are reading. This resource has saved me numerous times and I hope it will do the same for you!!