Songwriting Skill - Elaboration: Jesse McCartney - “How Do You Sleep?”

The practice of developing lyrics by elaborating with sensory details and examples continues in the third lesson on songwriting. This time class members examine Jesse McCartney's "How Do You Sleep?" Using procedures established in the previous lesson, groups find examples of sensory details and references to specific incidents in McCartney's lyrics. To conclude the exercise, individuals revise lyrics they have been composing and then evaluate the impact of their revisions.

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  • Class members are given an opportunity to practice their skills with a second song

  • Although the first two pages of the packet are identical to first pages of the previous resource, the assignment section differs slightly