The purpose of this unit is to help students understand music as a form of literature. Students will be exposed to artists like Kendrick Lamar and Bon Iver, through the teacher’s instruction, and will research music of their choosing to present to the class. Students will learn and understand that music can be interpreted in different ways, and that music can be viewed as literature and can be critically examined.
Summative Assessment: Students will write an analysis of 1-2 songs (two if comparing) or an album as a whole, critically showing meaning that is contained within the song. Students can analyze beat, lyrics, music video, etc. Students will also create a 10 minute presentation discussing their analysis.
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