Prepare for your kids to be pumped up, beg to share, and take creative ownership of the process. This lesson includes prompts to inspire your kids to think of song titles, cards for gallery walk, short answer prompt, super-short narrative writing activity, rubric, and bonus writing paper.
Find songs that connect to popular upper elementary/middle school novels-I love using songs to teach students to make text-text connections!
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!!!!!
blog post from Kevin's Meandering Mind: Poetry, Songwriting, and Goo Goo Dolls;
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)
Joni Mitchell: The Circle Game--use for text-text connections with Tuck Everlasting.
May you build a ladder to the stars, climb on every rung, and may you stay forever young. Bob Dylan.
forever young bob dylan
Hall of Fame (inspiration, 5th grade ceremony song, careers, belief in self, perseverance, be the best you, etc)
Hall of Fame by The Script -Noah's new favorite song - makes me think of you!
fav song-- Hall of Fame-- lyrics
Literary Lyrics: Teaching Poetry With Music (Worksheets & Assignments)
Figurative Language Song Lyrics Analyzing and Interpreting -- 60+ Pages!
I love having students think differently for "All About Me" activities, especially the older kids. This is perfect for middle school. Find a song, embed it on their website, find the lyrics, make a wordcloud, use it with an activity in Language Arts... lots of possibilities
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)