Poetry Song Analysis Assignments - Analyzing Music Song Lyrics as Poetry

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These poetry song analysis assignments will hook your students in during your poetry unit plan. 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.

Included in this poetry song analysis assignments resource:

➡️ Three poetry song analysis assignments that have students examine song lyrics as poetry with three popular songs. 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.

Songs included in this song analysis assignments resource:

  • "Imagine" by John Lennon
  • "Midnight Rain" by Taylor Swift
  • "Lose You to Love Me" by Selena Gomez

*Please note that song lyrics are not included because of copyright restrictions, but links are provided to the song lyrics online.

Poetry topics and skills addressed:

By examining song lyrics as poetry, students will use a variety of ELA and poetry-specific skills and standards. Below you will find a list of some of the skills this resource addresses:

  • Summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Interpreting poetic theme
  • Locating and analyzing literary devices (metaphor, symbolism, oxymoron)
  • Examining author's tone and poetry mood
  • Analyzing word choice and its impact on the reader

What teachers are saying about these poetry music assignments:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kids had fun with this. Poetry can be so hard to get them interested in, but not when it is the popular songs they already know! Awesome resource.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students and I LOVED this authentic and engaging way to analyze poetry in real life! Thank you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kids had fun with this. Poetry can be so hard to get them interested in, but not when it is the popular songs they already know! Awesome resource.



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 How to Annotate Poetry Student Guide

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