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A Lyrical Approach to Literacy


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A Lyrical Approach to Literacy

  1. 1. A Lyrical Approach to Literacy: <ul><li>Incorporating the Use of Popular Lyrics Into College Composition Classes to Improve Literacy </li></ul>
  2. 2. Survey Results <ul><li>79% of students surveyed would rather analyze a set of lyrics than a short story. </li></ul><ul><li>86% of students surveyed believed that using lyrics in a classroom would help improve literacy. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Textual Analysis <ul><li>Analyzed songs over four decades. </li></ul><ul><li>Showed what types of literary tools can be found in song lyrics. </li></ul>Name of Song Song Theme Verse Structure “ Ohio” Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young Serves as a protest song in response to the tragic events at Kent State University in Ohio in 1970. ABCB - Each Verse ABAB - Chorus “ Juke Box Hero” Foreigner The young man in the song attains fame and fortune from nothing, and then, while desperately trying to maintain this fame, sees a boy that was just like him outside a show, and it grounds his ego out. AABB - Each Verse ABAB - Bridge AAAAA - Chorus “ Definition” Black Star Personifies the dangers of being a rapper during the 90’s. Varies, but most of the song is AABBCC etc. “ Mother, Father” Dave Matthews Band Identifies many things that are wrong with the world, and is a plea for change. AAAB - Verse ABAB - Bridge ABCD - Chorus