Reflection: Student Ownership Day Two: The Maturing of America with Lyric Analysis - Section 4: Independent Practice: It's All in the Lyrics!


Designing this two day lesson supported the need for students to understand how to interpret different mediums of text to present arguments and claims about a particular topic. Having an argument is something that students do well. However, using sound arguments in writing can be of a challenge to even the most enthusiastic defender. 

While more instructional time was used on this two part lesson, I am pleased with the learning processes and discussions that students had on using varying mediums to understand a topic in history. Using a third class period allowed students to be successful with developing claims and evidence in their compare and contrast essays that was done as an extension activity for this lesson. Because of its first premiere this school year, I wanted students to do enough analysis of each song to cite effectively evidences that supports or counteracts their thesis statements in their essays.

The student reflection video describes the impact this lesson had on the maturing of the United States. I love showing students how mediums other than literature (stories) can teach skills and depths of knowledge on particular subjects.  

  Student Ownership: Figurative Language Activity Reflection
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Day Two: The Maturing of America with Lyric Analysis

Unit 3: Coming of Age
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present ideas about how America has matured over time; determine the meaning of figurative language in lyrics to analyze its impact on meaning and tone.

Big Idea: Now You hear it! Now You don’t!

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