Structure, Technique, & Word Choice Matter! You call that Music?

Structure, Technique, & Word Choice Matter! You call that Music?
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A lesson about how Structure, Technique, and Word Choice impact Comprehension: You call that Music?

If your students typically think of word choice, imagery, style, and other literary sounding things as something they need to memorize for a vocabulary test yet unrelated to everything they read, write, listen to, or watch, then this lesson is for you.

In this lesson, students will analyze lyrics on a common theme using a graphic organizer. The focus will be on audience, purpose, recurring themes, theme, point-of-view, mood, metaphor, and imagery. Students will identify commonalities along all lyrics. Then, students will listen to the corresponding songs and use another graphic organizer, and compare how literary similarities can be expressed differently. In the end, students will determine which songs are most and least successful in conveying its message to the audience.

This lesson can be adapted to any time frame by either increasing or limiting the number of lyrics/songs you use. Many teachers often use the lesson several times over the course of the school year as a way to review literary terms and track progress.

This detailed lesson includes:
- Teacher notes, including:
* Purpose of lesson,
* ‘how to use’ guidance,
* warm-up ideas, and
* a starter script to give you an idea on how to introduce the lesson.
- Three themed songs lists
* protest themed songs,
* love-themed songs, and
* community themed songs)
- 2 graphic organizers
- Differentiation ideas for higher-ability learners, lower-ability learners, and ESL students

Skills developed in this lesson:
- Close reading of a variety of texts
- Developing critical thinking skills to evaluate text and music
- Using literary terminology to analyze text
- Using language to evaluate and explain judgments
- Using textual and contextual evidence to support reasoning
- Comparing multiple texts


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90 minutes
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