This fun lesson allows students to bring the music they love into the classroom and analyze its lyrics for content and literary devices. A great end of unit project or assessment following a poetry chapter or a study of literary terms.
History teachers will love this resource that chronicles important songs, along with less ideas, in chronological order. Also a great idea for English and history teachers looking to collaborate on song lyrics and time periods.
If you are unsure whether this is a worthwhile practice for your classroom, this article argues that incorporating music and the arts promotes higher order thinking skills. You would also be reaching a child whose learning style may not often be covered in traditional instruction.