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Interpretation of Lyrics
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.
Feel the Rhythm, Find the Beat
Young scholars 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.
Exploring Shipping Through Song Lyrics
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.
Covering the Issue
Examine how art and music can be powerful tools for conveying a political or social message. After considering the issues surrounding rapper Paris, students 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.
Using Songs in the LCTL Classroom
Learners 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.
A Song By Any Other Name Would Be a Poem
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.
Spread the News Using 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.
Our Town: Using Song Lyrics in the Classroom
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.
Lesson: Paint Inspiring Words
The painting Three Young Girls circa 1620, was believed to be painted after the death of the subjects' mother. Art enthusiasts analyze the image details to determine if they come to the same conclusion. They then use the sensory details in the painting to compose an original poem. Background information, web links, and photos for analysis are included.
Storytellers: Pearl Jam (Lesson 2)
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.
Are Your Favorite Rockstars Poets?
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.
Migrant Workers Through the Lens of Dorothea Lange
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.
Corridos: Reflecting Social Justice
Students draw conclusions and interpret data from various sources including song lyrics, artifacts and visual images. In this history lesson students interpret data, and identify issues and problems in the past,
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER by Mark Twain
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.
Astronomical Song Lyrics
In this astronomy and song lyrics worksheet, 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.
Persuasive Writing Through Music
Fifth graders examine lyrics in songs as examples of persuasive writing. In this music and language arts lesson, 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. For 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.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Eleventh graders discover the thematic connections between classical literary and popular song lyrics. In this English lesson, 11th graders research a specific topic to be presented to the class. Students analyze song lyrics in their groups.
I Went to the Crossroads: The Faust Theme in Music, Film and Literature
Pupils 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. Pupils perform or present their project to the class.
Pupils create original song lyrics, poems, skits, dances, or artwork representing a particular rule of grammar or principle of writing.