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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