Wednesday Y.A.W.c #8

(Young Adults Writing Creatively!)

What You Need:
Ask your students to bring in copies of the lyrics of songs they like which are school safe (Lyrics free of expletives, blatant sex/violence, etc. Wild and weird are okay. Music your parents would listen to or be okay with you listening to, etc is okay. Lead by example – provide your own examples.

The Activity:
In class, guide students with the process of “making meaning”, that is, show them how to take apart the lyrics of the song to create an interpretation. This should be pretty fast and pretty easy, as students are already familiar with the material. Encourage them to develop multiple interpretations if possible. Afterwards, ask for volunteers to share their work. Again, lead by example. Next, instruct your students to write a story which could be interpreted similarly.

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