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Students analyze lyrics. In this language arts lesson, students identify the people, places and events described in a song's lyrics. Students research the background of the song.
Learners explore shipping through song lyrics. They delve into the world of water transportation as they analyze the lyrics from the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Plenty of web resource links and background information are available; however, the song lyrics are not. 
Students examine meter, rhythmic patterns, rhyme scheme, and iambic pentameter. They watch video clips, read and discuss various Dr. Seuss books, identify the rhyming words and patterns, read and listen to song lyrics, and write song lyrics.
Young scholars examine the poetic elements of a piece of music. They discuss favorite songs, select a song, and write a persuasive essay identifying the poetic qualities of the song lyrics.
In this astronomy and song lyrics learning exercise, students are given 10 lyric fragments from different artists. Students select 3 of the fragments and write short essays about each to explain their thoughts from a human and astronomical point of view.
The class locates lyrics from familiar songs and decides if the metaphors and similes found were used effectively. They prepare and present a speech based on the lyrics of a song and explain how metaphor and simile were used.
Sure to engage your class in poetry, this resource requires them to identify, label, and explain poetic devices and figurative language used in Katy Perry's hit song "Firework". A well-organized page that chunks the lyrics so learners are able to more easily identify examples of devices such as metaphors, hyperbole, and alliteration. An answer key is provided with possible answers. A great way to get your class motivated about poetry! Check it out!
Oh no, we're missing several lines of lyrics! Using the song, "Keep Going," test the listening skills of your English language learners. They listen as you say the word lyrics aloud. Can they correctly identify the missing lyrics? 
The class listens to and reads lyrics from popular songs that explore themes of self-esteem, body image, and eating disorders. The song interpretations will serve as a jumping-off point to deeper discussion on the issues, culminating in a writing exercise. Several video links, extensions, and lyric sheets make this a wonderful lesson for young ladies discovering who they are and how they feel about themselves. 
Combine your pupils' love of music with their growing knowledge of poetry! First, have them bring in their favorite songs for a discussion on word choice and literary devices. Then, use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the qualities of poems and songs. A worksheet with various song lyrics and poems prompts them to brainstorm the differences between the two. A Six-Trait Writing activity guides them through writing their own original poems.
Sixth graders look at poetry in music. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders listen to and read the lyrics of songs to find the poetic aspects of them. They focus on similes and metaphors and write their own songs lyrics.
Twelfth graders use song lyrics to complete a literary and stylistic analysis of poetry. In this poetry analysis lesson, 12th graders analyze poems without knowing they are songs and complete an organizer. Students listen to the songs and complete a group poetry analysis. Students write an essay that analyzes a poem and the impact of its stylistic and literary devices.
Investigate poetry and song lyrics with your class. They will identify poetic elements in their favorite modern music. Then they will play their song choice aloud for their classmates.
With the songs "My Hometown" by Bruce Springsteen and "Allentown" by Billy Joel, learners examine external versus internal conflict. When they have finished the first part of the lesson, they create their own poem (or song) about the images and conflicts from their own hometowns. This lesson would be great in the first week of school or within a unit about conflict and/or setting.
Students read the story of the Eagle Boy. In this Native American Tale instructional activity, students discover the respect a boy has for wildlife. Students discuss eagles and what they symbolize. Students create  song lyrics for the story and describe the acts of kindness within the story.
Learners analyze a song to determine the composer's point of view regarding the subject addressed in the song. They design and create an original visual aid that illustrates the theme of the song. Students identify any social studies issues, events or person that is addressed in the song. They interpret the song lyrics and present their opinions and research information orally.
Students explore poetry. In this literature lesson plan, students examine music and lyrics by Natalie Merchant in order to make the transition to analyzing poetry by Keats and Wordsworth.
Young scholars analyze song lyrics (by listening to the song) to pick-out descriptive vocabulary. They use this descriptive vocabulary to create a drawing of the images they "see" in the song. They compare their drawings to find similarities and write their own poetry using descriptive vocabulary.
What's one way to show what you've learned? Write a song about it! Learners can synthesize the knowledge they've gained during the Take the Challenge unit by rewriting a song with new lyrics. A few popular children's songs that could be remade are included here as well as an example of a song remake. Hold a concert in class or record all of the songs! Check out the rest of the unit plan for the information kids will need before they can compose their songs.
Students compose lyrics to songs for a music festival to promote issues in their community. They write artists' statements explaining the issues they chose to write about.

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