Teaching Poetry Analysis Through Song Lyrics - Introduction to Poetry Lesson

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This introduction to poetry lesson explores song lyrics to teach students about poetry analysis. Practice annotating using students' favorite songs with the worksheets provided! Suitable for distance learning with digital worksheets for Google Classroom®.

Included with this Analyzing Song Lyrics Lesson Plan:

✏️ Song Lyrics as Poetry Informational Handout - Digital & Print

✏️ Practice Close Reading and Annotation Activity - Digital & Print

✏️ Analyzing Song Lyrics Worksheet - Digital & Print

✏️ Annotating Music Lyrics Bookmark - Digital & Print

✏️ Annotated Answer Key for Practice Close Reading Activity

✏️ Teacher Instructions for using this resource

How to use these Analyzing Song Lyrics Worksheets:

Make connections between your language arts curriculum and your students' personal interests with this introduction to poetry lesson!  Students will explore poetry through song lyrics with the resources provided.  This lesson includes an informational handout, a practice annotation worksheet, and an independent activity to explore song lyrics as poetry.

This lesson begins with an informational handout about song lyrics and poetry.  This handout explores the relationship between poetry and music and demonstrates how poetry is relevant to culture, history, and students’ everyday lives.  It also differentiates between music lyrics and a lyric poem - an important distinction for future studies in poetry.

Students will then practice annotating and analyzing poetry using the Close Reading and Annotation Activity.  They can follow the prompts on these worksheets to explore poetry through song lyrics.  This activity models the close reading process on the song lyrics for "Therefore I Am" by Billie Eilish. 

Depending on your students' background knowledge, it may be helpful to explain certain elements of song lyrics, including what the chorus is, and how it is represented in a song. It might also be useful to demonstrate how to quote and paraphrase song lyrics. Your students may also benefit from exploring poetic devices or practicing annotating poetry before beginning this lesson.

To consolidate this activity, an answer key has been provided.

Students can use their Annotating Music Lyrics Bookmark as a personal anchor chart while they read, annotate, and write about music lyrics independently.  This two-sided bookmark scaffolds the close reading process by offering step-by-step instructions to annotate lyrics, along with extension activities and guidance for writing a close reading response.

Students are then prompted to find their own school-appropriate song to analyze.  They can copy their song lyrics in the space provided and use their annotating bookmark as a scaffolding tool for this activity. 

These worksheets will also prompt students to write a paragraph response that summarizes their annotations.  This activity can assess and consolidate students’ understanding of song lyrics as poetry.

⭒ For classrooms utilizing Google Classroom® ⭒

These analyzing song lyrics worksheets are suitable for distance learning and 1:1 classrooms. Simply follow the instructions within the resource to make copies of these files directly to your Google Drive®.

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Gretchen F.

June 7, 2021

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This was great, made my students really see the connection between poetry and music.

Molly S.

May 10, 2021

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely satisfied

This was very successful with my group of reluctant readers and writers. They were so engaged!

Amanda W.

April 26, 2021

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely satisfied

Everyone loved this! Especially my students who hate my class! Thank you so much!

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20 pages, 1 Google Slides® file
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