Pop Culture Song Analysis Lesson Plans

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    Make close reading, textual analysis and literary analysis less intimidating with these detailed, CCSS-aligned close reading song analysis lesson plans for paired texts. Integrated close reading, text-based writing, speaking, listening, and inquiry skills, make this resource both engaging and worthwhile.

    • Carrie Underwood's song "Cry Pretty" & Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' song "Growing Up"
    • William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus" & Imagine Dragons' song "Whatever it Takes"
    • Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" and Tupac's song "Still I Rise"
    • Stephen Dobyns' poem "Loud Music" and Incubus' song "Dig"
    • "Anti-Hero" by Taylor Swift +nd Hero's Journey
    • "Mad World" by Tears for Fears & Gary Jules and "A Million Dreams" by Pink
    • "Stairway to Heaven" and "Hotel California"

    *Due to copyright, the texts are not provided. I have linked to online texts which are readily available online for your convenience.

    *These are not editable products, nor are all of them, at this time, digital for Google Slides.


    Here’s what you’ll receive in this resource:

    ★SEVEN Detailed, CCSS-Aligned Lesson Plan Sequences (That's 21 total lesson plans!) + Teacher Notes (28 Pages) that each provide an opener, writer's notebook activity, and analysis/writing activity options.

    ★Lesson Handouts (65 Pages) correspond with lesson plan activities and are designed to help students practice core skills as they engage with the texts.


    Benefits of this resource include:

    ★ High engagement = happy students and happy teacher

    ★ Development of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis skills

    ★ Productive use of class time that is maximized for student learning

    This resource is helpful for:

    ★ Teachers who are looking to save time with ready-made resources.

    ★ Teachers who love to engage their students and try new things!

    ★ Teachers who want a great way to integrate multiple ELA skills!


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
    Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


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