Pop Music Song Lyrics and Classic Poetry, Compare & Contrast, PDF & Google Drive

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Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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8-page PDF + Google Drive versions of handouts (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo
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Use this two-day poetry lesson to help your students connect modern music/song lyrics to classic poetry. On the first day, students will compare and contrast the song, “Stereo Hearts,” by Gym Class Heroes, to Robert Burns’ classic poem, “A Red, Red Rose.” Both poems use simile and metaphor to describe the feeling of falling in love. On the second day, students will compare and contrast The Script’s song, “Breakeven,” with Edmund Spenser’s “Sonnet 30,” as both works discuss the paradox of emotions that accompany a broken heart.

This 8-page product includes two pages of detailed suggested lesson procedures (with links for video clips and song lyrics), four pages of student handouts, and two pages of detailed answer keys/discussion starters. The item downloads as a PDF and includes Google Drive versions of all student handouts.

These two lessons will fit smoothly into ANY poetry unit and are appropriate for advanced middle school and high school students.

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8-page PDF + Google Drive versions of handouts (uneditable)
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2 days
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Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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