Show students that songs are persuasive too in this fun rhetorical analysis lesson! Students love any assignment that involves music, trust me!
In this lesson, students excitedly find songs of their choice to analyze. Usually, I request songs that are at least PG rated or at least the clean versions. The day before the lesson, ask students to bring in ear phones. Also, limit how much time students have to locate their two songs. You can find an online timer to showcase so students can see how much time they have.
Students will be given a handout that features a three column chart. As they listen to their chosen song, they analyze it based on the rhetorical devices given such as tone, connotation, and metaphor or simile. There are a total of eight devices.
I chose a song to do as an example, which is Katy Perry’s “Firework.” I play thirty seconds of the song. Kids really like the chorus! Then, I show my example of the chart for Perry’s song. I read my answers out loud to show students how the analysis is to be done.
Students really enjoy the lesson and it serves as a fun, engaging activity that gives them a break from the informational literature they usually analyze during a rhetorical analysis unit.
Finally, I allow students to volunteer to come to the front of the class to analyze their song for us. We listen to a few seconds of their song and then the student presents.
This lesson is definitely a keeper!
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