Poetry Music Activities - Song Lyrics Assignments and Presentations Bundle

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This poetry music activities, assignments, and presentations bundle will engage all your students in poetry analysis using song lyrics! Students will love this modern bundle of music-inspired poetry resources. Included are eye-catching presentations, poetry song lyrics assignments and projects, engaging activities, ready-to-print worksheets, and much more!

By purchasing this bundle, you are saving more than 30% compared to purchasing these items separately!


Included in this poetry music activities bundle:

Figurative Language Song Lyrics Poetry Presentation

Teach figurative language in song lyrics with this ready-to-use presentation. This slideshow uses current music lyrics to teach literary devices used in poetry like metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, and more. This makes an excellent poetry introduction presentation to familiarize students with the common figurative language they will encounter in the poems they read. It will also engage and hook them into your poetry unit with the modern music examples provided! Each slide includes a definition of the literary term as well as an example taken from modern lyrics. 

Some of the musical artists include Taylor Swift, Drake, Rihanna, John Legend, Dynamite, Billie Eilish, and many more, so you can be confident your students will be totally engaged.


Lyrical Breakdown Song Lyrics as Poetry Assignment

This final poetry project will hook all your students in! 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:

  • 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.



Literary Devices in Song Lyrics Examples Worksheets

Students will label figurative language in song lyrics with these fun assignments. Students will read excerpts from popular songs and label figurative language examples of metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, pun, oxymoron, and more.

  • Three visually appealing assignment worksheet pages that include lines taken from popular song lyrics that contain literary devices. Students are required to label the figurative language used and provide an explanation for each. With lyrics from Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, and many others your students will be totally engaged.
  • Detailed teacher answer keys with a detailed explanation for each type of figurative language used that will make grading or review quick and easy



Poetry Rap: Using Rap Song Lyrics to Teach Poetry

Using rap song lyrics to teach poetry will help your students see how the two genres have a great deal in common. From sophisticated rhyme and rhythm, literary devices, lyricism, storytelling, theme, social commentary, and emotional impact, poetry and rap have many similarities. Students will use what they learn to compare Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son" with Tupac Shakur's song "Dear Mama" and then write their own rap lyrics. 

  • A 26-slide PowerPoint presentation that uses rap song lyrics to teach poetry. The slides introduce the history of rap, discuss the 6 main commonalities between rap and poetry (rhythm and rhyme, literary devices, lyricism, storytelling, theme, and emotional impact), provide rap lyrics examples for each, and include video discussion prompts. (YouTube is required for opening videos in slideshow).
  • A Tupac Hughes poetry rap comparison activity where students answer questions comparing Tupac Shakur's song "Dear Mama" with Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son." The poem and song share many elements and themes.
  • A detailed answer key for the poetry rap comparison activity questions that make for easy grading or review.
  • A creative writing assignment called "Writing Rap Rhymes" where students will write their own rap lyrics according to what they learned in the lesson.



Poetry Playlist Song Analysis Assignments

Students will analyze song lyrics as poetry by examining the lyrics of three songs and responding to comprehension and analysis questions. Included are three poetry song analysis assignments, detailed teacher answer keys, and presentation slides to review answers with students. 

  • Three poetry song analysis assignments that have students examine song lyrics as poetry with three popular songs: Imagine by John Lennon, Lose you to Love Me by Selena Gomez, and Midnight Rain by Taylor Swift. Each assignment includes five analysis questions that require students to refer back to the song lyrics to show text evidence.
  • Detailed teacher answer keys for the poetry song analysis assignments. The answers include text evidence and are useful for grading or class review. 
  • A 16-slide PowerPoint presentation that can be used to review answers with the class.



The Soundtrack of My Life Poetry Final Project

The Soundtrack Of My Life assignment allows students to make connections between their own lives and the lyrics of the songs they love and to analyze song lyrics as poetry. Even those students who find poetry challenging will be able to connect to this assignment.

  • A PowerPoint presentation that will introduce students to each element of the poetry song lyrics assignment. 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 students make text-to-self connections between the lyrics of three songs and their own life (to design the soundtrack of their life). The second section has students examine one of the songs in more detail using poetry analysis techniques. They will summarize the poem, examine the theme, locate literary devices, and consider who might connect to these lyrics.
  • A brainstorming page with prompts that will help students choose the three songs they want to highlight on their soundtrack
  • Two good copy graphic organizers for both sections of the assignment where they will share their text-to-self connections and poetry song analysis
  • An easy-to-use teacher rubric that makes grading the poetry song lyrics assignment quick and easy

>>>Please note the song lyrics are not included in the purchase for copyright reasons, but links are provided to the lyrics online***




What teachers are saying about this poetry song lyrics assignments bundle:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This unit was AMAZING!! I could not believe how many high-quality lessons were included for such a great price. My students groaned when I told them we would be learning poetry, but by the end were disappointed the unit was ending! I can't recommend it enough.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I'm teaching an essentials English course for 3 weeks this summer. It's been difficult finding things that keep the students interested since the class is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. They've been engaged the entire time that I've been teaching with these resources! The PowerPoint is easy for them to understand, and the worksheets are also very clean with clear directions. Letting the kids use music with the literary devices has definitely helped to break up the monotony of such a long class. Love it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is one of my all-time favorite purchases! This has been so effective and engaging for my students! Thank you for the excellent quality as well as top-notch song selections!


>>> All of the resources in this bundle are also included in my Poetry Resource Bundle. Click click here to learn more.


Pair this poetry writing booklet with our poetry annotation guide:

 How to Annotate Poetry Student Guide

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