This mini-lesson uses the song ""Man on the Moon" by REM to teach the following ELA Reading Literature Standard:
DETERMINE THE MEANING OF WORDS AND PHRASES AS THEY ARE USED IN A TEXT. ANALYZE THE IMPACT OF ALLUSIONS.
This is a perfect introduction to allusions! Students will be engaged in internet searches about the historical, cultural and Biblical allusions within the song and will learn about comedian legend, Andy Kaufman in the process!
The packet includes:
+ A note-taking page that introduces the standard and why it is important
+ A visually attractive practice page on common allusions
+ Copy of Song Lyrics and advice for annotation
+ Handout breaks down key allusions in the song
+ Handout that connects Kaufman's life to the song (requires internet)
+ Teacher Answer Key for every section