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.
* “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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