Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements

Language arts learners don't need a lecture about poetry; they listen to poetry every day on the radio! Apply skills from literary analysis to famous songs and beautiful lyrics with a lesson about literary devices. As class members listen to songs from the past and present, they find examples of similes, metaphors, personification, and other key elements of poetry.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a unit on figurative language or poetic elements
  • Encourage the class to bring in their favorite songs and analyze lyrics in the same way with their peers
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson plan includes a list of songs to use, and encourages the user to download the songs legally or watch the music videos online
  • Some songs on the supplemental list may contain inappropriate language and themes for younger learners
  • Lesson is designed for gifted elementary and middle school readers, but could also work as a high school assignment
Pros

  • Provides lyrics for many illustrative songs for the lesson, including analysis tips and notes
  • Worksheet at the end of the lesson guides learners through analyzing their own songs
  • Handout is a helpful addition to a reading journal or binder
Cons

  • None