Poetry Made Easy: Teach 5 Songs as Poems with Figurative Language Activities

Grade Levels
7th - 12th
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Use songs as a bridge to analyzing traditional poetry. Start with the bonus figurative language activities, then teach the 8 Steps for Annotating Songs as Poems, and finally move to analyzing 5 full songs as poems.

This product includes:

(1) Bonus Resources for Teaching Literary Devices and Figurative Language

*** web links

*** student cheat sheet

*** 2 worksheets (with answer keys)

*** 2 shortened songs for practice with answer keys (“Mean” by Taylor Swift and

“Firework” by Katy Perry)

(2) The 8 Steps for Annotating Songs as Poems

(3) Practice the 8 steps with 5 full songs. The songs may be too mature for some audiences - please consider the lyrics and your students prior to purchasing.

*** “In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley

*** “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash

*** “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

*** “Shooting Star” by Paul Rodgers

*** “Brick” by Ben Folds Five

(4) A Blank Template – 8 Steps for Annotating any Song or Poem

Answer Keys are included for each activity.

What Teachers Are Saying:

* Awesome complement to my poetry unit, especially when it came to introductory, differentiation, and scaffolding.” – Kanika J.

* “Learning and fun all in one!” – Catherine A.

* “I’ve been able to use these as a jumping off point to get the students immersed in poetry/songs. Thanks!” – Karmen H.


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Total Pages
44 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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