This assignment asks students to engage in direct textual analysis for one of the songs from the book. I start this unit by talking about how to analyze poetry. Then I ask students to print out the lyrics to a song from the chapters covered and to apply what they’ve learned about close textual analysis to the song. Finally, they are asked to make a thesis-driven argument about the song’s meaning and overall effectiveness as a protest song.
Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies
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