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Songs for Literary Analysis

Perfect song for analyzing lyrics: Pass on Kindness: Sometimes I live under the moon and thank god I'm breathing. And I pray don't take me soon 'cause I'm here for a reason. Sometimes in my tears, I drown but I never let it get me down. AWESOME!!!!!

Adele: Someone Like You: Use for Tuck Everlasting-text to text connections (what Jesse might say to Winnie when he sees her later in life)

bob dylan - forever young

Pink-Try "Gotta get up and try and try," "Are you just getting by?" Themes: Perseverance, following your dreams/passions, getting burned and keeping your heart open anyway

I am a rock-simon and garfunkle "I am a rock; I am an island; I've built walls, a fortress deep and mighty...I have my books and my poetry to protect me." (poetry-metaphor, personification, internal struggle; man vs self; introversion; compare with picturebook Albert)

Llenka-The Show "I'm just a little bit caught in the middle. Life is a maze and love is a riddle...just enjoy the show...the sun is hot in the sky just like a giant spotlight" (poetry-metaphor, extended metaphor, simile; love of language Fridays; poetry workshop)

Waiting on the World to Change-John Mayer "Me and all my friends, we're all misunderstood. They say we stand for nothing and there's no way we ever could." (power of youth/generation; make a difference, change the world; waiting vs taking action) "When you trust your television, what you get is what you got" (critical literacy, who is sending the messages, etc)

Beyonce-I was Here "I was here. I lived, I loved. I did, I done, everything that I wanted and it was more than I thought it would be...the hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave that I made a difference...I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time" (make a difference, metaphors, legacies, leave a mark, goal setting, believing in self/power)

Man in the Mirror-Michael Jackson "I'm gonna make a change, for once in my life; gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right; I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways...and no message could've been any clearer-if you wantto change the world, take a look at yourself and make a change" (Making a difference, changing the world, looking inward, taking responsibility)

Status Quo-High School Musical "Stick to the status quo; If you wanna be cool, don't mess with the flow." conformity, individualism, author's intended message versus literal stated messsage (use with Stargirl, Schooled, Firegirl, etc.)

Your Guardian Angel-Red Jumpsuit Apparatus use with Holocaust study, especially Milkweed, Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Yellow Star, Number the Stars; "I will never let you fall, I'll stand up with you forever; I'll be there for you through it all, even if saving you sends me to heaven."

Sing it for the World-My Chemical Romance "Everytime that you lose, sing if for the world; sing it out for the ones that'll hate your guts; sing it for the world, sing it for the world; and raise your voice every single time they try and shut your mouth" (nonconformity, individualism, staying true to oneself)