Using Songs & Mentor Texts to Teach Poetry

Using Songs & Mentor Texts to Teach Poetry
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There are so many possibilities when using poetry in your classroom. Poetry gets a particular spotlight during the month of April for National Poetry Month, but there are so many benefits to using it in your classroom year round.

  • Student writers find this genre less intimidating
  • Students can:
    • interpret poems differently leading to meaningful discussions
    • identify common themes & make inferences
    • practice annotating text
    • practice using various types of figurative language

Use  this product alone or alongside any poetry unit.

This product includes:

  • Teaching suggestions
  • Song lyrics to analyze
  • Teacher song lyric page with possible annotations
  • Link where you can listen to the song online
  • Sample Poems
  • A list of mentor text suggestions

Use this product to help with these possible teaching objectives:

  • Analyze how authors choose words to create images and portray a mood.
  • Analyze how song lyrics are poetry.
  • Identify figurative language and how poets/songwriters use these devices to write.
  • Identify themes within poetry.
  • Write poems using various poetic devices.
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10 pages
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