Use Kelly Clarkson's popular song "Strong" to teach the literary concept: Understanding Characters.
One of the characteristics of fiction is the presence of characters.
The author’s choice of words greatly influences the reader’s conception of the characters. Take time to call attention to author word choices as you are discussing character traits.
Talk about what words the author used to help the reader understand that the character was excited, angry, lonely, etc. Feel to also play the song a couple of times, so the students can also hear it. Youtube is great for this!!