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Learners analyze lyrics. In this language arts lesson, students identify the people, places and events described in a song's lyrics. Learners 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.
Students 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.
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.
Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown” and Billy Joel’s “Allentown” motivate young lyricists to craft poems about their own home town. Groups compare the two songs, identifying details, symbols, and conflicts. Individuals then picture a place in their hometown, develop a web of details, and write their homage.
Examine how art and music can be powerful tools for conveying a political or social message. After considering the issues surrounding rapper Paris, learners design their own album covers that reflect their political and/or social concerns. They will also write lyrics for one of the songs on thier album.
Ninth graders analyze the literary devices used in poetry and make a connection between song lyrics and poetry. They list favorite songs and share lyrics. They read the lyrics to "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls and summarize the lyrics.
Students analyze the meaning of songs, how its music complements the lyrics, and how the meaning can evolve over time. They make a compelling presentation of a favorite song lyric and find inspiring sources for new songs in the newspaper. They explore using other songs as inspiration for new ones.
Tenth graders decide if the song lyrics that they listen to, could be considered a sonnet or a poem. They are invited to explore lyrics and their meaning. Students write a persuading argument on whatever they decide, but it must be supported by real research, and attempt to convince the teacher of their own prospective using solid examples.
Students explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. In this Great Depression lesson, students examine photographs and song lyrics to gain an understanding of the conditions for people living in the era. Students create artwork or songs that represent what they learned in the lesson.
Students draw conclusions and interpret data from various sources including song lyrics, artifacts and visual images. For this history lesson students interpret data, and identify issues and problems in the past,
Students read in class the novel The Adventures of Tom Sayer by Mark Twain. They can choose to find song lyrics from any artist that they feel define one of the characters in the book, illustrate a scene from the book or create their own dictionary with words from the novel.
Fifth graders examine lyrics in songs as examples of persuasive writing. In this music and language arts activity, 5th graders listen to two pieces of popular music while reading the lyrics. Afterward, they complete a lyric analysis sheet working together in groups.
Fourth graders study folk songs and fables to draw conclusions about inferred meanings. In this inferred meanings lesson, 4th graders read fables and use the text to support their understanding of the tale's meanings. Students write their own folk song lyrics and fables with inferred meanings.
Students in a beginning to intermediate foreign language/ESL classroom complete a variety of activities involving music and lyrics that are designed to enhance their listening and vocabulary skills. They practice grammar and making inferences using specific song lyrics.
High schoolers discover thematic connections between classical literary and popular song lyrics. Next, students identify poetic devices of sound and sense and relate them to the meaning of the lyrics.
Eleventh graders discover the thematic connections between classical literary and popular song lyrics.  In this English activity, 11th graders research a specific topic to be presented to the class.  Students analyze song lyrics in their groups.
Students analyze song lyrics and discuss Faust theme in musical history. In this thematic lesson, students view a film clip and create a song lyric, poem or short story developed around the Faust theme. Students perform or present their project to the class.
Students create original song lyrics, poems, skits, dances, or artwork representing a particular rule of grammar or principle of writing.

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