"Yesterday," "Today," and "Tomorrow"

Excite the music lovers in your language arts class Idea development and word choice are the main writing traits in a Six Traits lesson. Young writers examine the symbolism in "Yesterday” by the Beatles, “Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins, and “Tomorrow” from the Annie soundtrack. They compare and contrast their experiences with the songs to those of a character in a novel they are reading.

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Classroom Considerations

  • Consider finding more modern songs with the same themes that may be more relevant to young learners' musical taste
  • Requires access to the Internet and audio equipment

  • Prompts learners to compare themes across different works
  • Includes a student version for possible independent work

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