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Song Lyric Analysis

Song Lyric Analysis

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will be able to identify and define the following concepts by analyzing a set of song lyrics: figurative language, imagery, symbolism, tone, meter, rhyme, allusion, etc.
  2. Students will be able to practice analytical skills by creating a poster project about a song of their choice. 

This lesson will introduce students to the basic concepts of poetry analysis by examining popular song lyrics.  Students will select a song of their choice and annotate the lyrics on their own.  They will present a well-written paragraph interpreting the meaning of the song; and create a poster which illustrates their annotations.  If class time is available, students will present their songs and completed projects to the class. 

Length of time needed: 3-4 class periods (45 minutes each)

This lesson was written by Derek Anderson.

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Source: Derek Anderson

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Source: Derek Anderson