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Song Analysis Activity for Any Song - Distance Learning

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Description

Teaching students to analyze poetry can be challenging. This free resource uses pop culture music (almost any song of your choosing will work) to engage students in discussion about lyric poems. Song analysis activities make teaching poetry fun!

Contents

This song analysis activity is included in different versions:

1. A condensed two-page graphic organizer

2. A 14 page resource with one question on each page so you can use them individually, with learning stations, or with gallery walks

Formats

This resource is included both as a Google Slides resource and as a secured PDF you can print.

Use

The included prompts help with analyzing song lyrics to teach poetry. They encourage students to identify parts of poems, analyze figurative language, and apply critical thinking.

Questions in this song analysis activity will help teachers facilitate lively class discussions. Use this engaging poetry analysis assignment as a hook for a larger poetry unit, as a tool to teach students about analysis, or as a one-day, stand-alone lesson.

Intended Grade Levels

I recommend this resource for use with middle and high school students.

Note: This activity is not editable.

UPDATE: This analyzing song lyrics resource now includes a Google Slides version!

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Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

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