Poetry Analysis Using Song Lyrics Project - Teaching Poetry with Music

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Engage students in poetry analysis using song lyrics with this ready-to-use final poetry project. Students will choose a song and analyze the lyrics for content, theme, and literary devices following the detailed project instructions. With music as the topic, you know your students will be instantly engaged, and this project outlines everything they need to know to get started.

Included in this poetry analysis using song lyrics project:

  • PowerPoint presentation slides to introduce the project to students. The presentation includes discussion questions, information about the two parts of the project, and rubric information to show what a strong response includes.
  • Detailed student instructions for completing both sections of the assignment. The first section has student analyze their interpretation of the song lyrics (summary, title analysis, and theme), while the second section has them interpret the use of literary devices and figures of speech within the lyrics.
  • Good copy graphic organizers for both sections
  • An easy-to-use teacher rubric that makes grading the project quick and easy

Poetry topics and skills addressed in this resource:

This poetry analysis project allows students to use common poetry analysis skills like identifying theme, summarizing, and locating and analyzing literary devices like simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, pun, oxymoron, irony, symbolism, allusion, and imagery.

What teachers are saying about using this poetry writing booklet:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students loved being able to analyze one of their favorite songs. I used this resource during our poetry unit when I had several students tell me "music isn't poetry." After doing this assignment, they realized how the two are closely related.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I've used this at the end of my poetry unit with my accelerated ELA students. They love it! Great resource!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love the way this resource was formatted because it looks great on display! The students had so much fun with this and said it was their favorite activity in our poetry unit.

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➡️ Complete Poetry Resource Bundle (290+ Pages)

➡️ Musical Poetry Resource Bundle


Pair this with our poetry annotation guide:

 How to Annotate Poetry Student Guide

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