If you are reading The Lovely Bones, here is a great mash Up: The Lovely Bones (novel by Alice Sebold), The Awakening (novella by Kate Chopin), "The Great Below" (song by Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails) and a bit of visual art. In this handout, I have re-printed the lyrics for "The Great Below" and inserted close-reading specific analysis questions beside them. An example is:
Compare/Contrast/Make Inferences: Consider Abigail’s loss of a daughter in the novel. What can you infer is different about the lost relationship conveyed in this song? Such questions prompt students to make meaningful connections between the lyrics and the novel. You can easily get the song on Youtube or various other music sites/apps. I play the song for them as they listen and take notes. Even if they have not read The Awakening, you can explain the connection with Abigail (Susie's Mother in The Lovely Bones) feeling grief and being drawn to the sea for potential escape. "The Great Below" contains vivid sea imagery, just one of the many ways "in" to "mashing up" these three texts. I also have chosen a random artistic photo and I ask students to describe how this image embodies themes in the novel and especially Abigail's torment. This photo alone could prompt students to talk or write about the depth of grief and loss as exhibited (in different ways) by all the characters in the novel. The comparative activity goes so far beyond basic recall of plot and yields a very creative, very meaningful discussion every time.
Please also see a PowerPoint format of this same assignment with Awakening images and notes and the music embedded, as well as all my other Lovely Bones materials and introductory PowerPoint.