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Engaging your students in the study of poetry can be a challenge. Using song lyrics – especially those relevant to teens – will add a layer of meaningfulness that will engage even the most reluctant student. This teaching strategy is becoming more and more popular and is particularly effective with strong guidance and dynamic lessons.
In this set of scaffolded lessons, students will begin the analytic process by observing the teacher’s think-aloud interpretation of “Blackbird” by the Beatles. Working with a partner, they will analyze and interpret another selection. Then, they will also be challenged to select songs to analyze in terms of figurative language, speaker, and overall interpretation. The final set of lessons in part four consists of sharing their project findings, analyzing another’s piece, and discussing similarities and differences in all the pieces studied in this set of lessons.
A detailed Teacher's Guide is included to take you through all the steps. Your students will love these activities! National Poetry Month.