Conduct Your Imagined Interview: Based on your research of artists — their background, their music and the way they speak — imagine how they might respond to your questions.
They were energized by the song's themes, and I felt clever and insightful as I recognized that this workshop was not going to be a chore for any one. The more specific your theme is, the less the students will know about it, and some might feel left out.
Using the Close Reading sheet below, my students read through the songs with their reading partners three times.
List the following questions on an easel pad. Beyond reshaping and reproducing their own stories, this prompt enabled these writers to take risks. Was your writing convincing to readers? He has no friends, no family, and no life. Have your students write an editorial on a music-related topic that matters to them.
Have students sit on the floor in front of the word list. Then, in small groups, have students come up with their own music topics worthy of debate.
What songs, if any, have inspired or taught you something? Is the purpose of this exercise for students to have a chance to be creative, or are we using the song to teach them about a topic?