Write Your Own Love Song!
Then tell the class that the assignment for the day is to start a draft of an original love song. Tell students that if they haven’t had romantic love yet that they can write about the love they have for family members, friends, or indeed even a pet.
Ask the class to write down 1-2 sentences to summarize the theme of 3 of the love songs they have read. Discuss a few examples together and tell the class that the theme of a song is a personal opinion. If the entire class were to write the theme of one song there might be a different theme presented by each person.
Students will create a song of at least 20 lines long that contains at least 2 similes. They will create a song with as much imagery as possible and with strong, vivid words.
Discuss examples of different genres of love songs. Give printouts of lyrics from love songs in the song genres of country, rock, soft rock, alternative, funk, and jazz. Compare and contrast how the theme of love is presented in the songs.
Ask students to think about who the audience for the song will be. What will the age range of the audience be? Will the song be for those in love, or those mourning lost love?
List on the board that students must use at least three literary techniques in their poem such as: imagery, repetition, hyperbole, personification, or rhythm. Remind students that each word in a song should create a strong impact in the listener.
Have students sit in groups for this lesson so they may brainstorm song ideas together. Then play some songs to get creativity flowing. Discuss the lyrics and use of imagery and repetition. Write some examples of interesting phrases used in songs up on the board.
I ask volunteers to present their songs to the class. If students want to make a performance video of the song I typically give extra credit if they show it to the class.
This lesson is usually a lot of fun. It is also an example of helping students understand the different genres of writing. Including a wide range of genres of writing in lessons will help students build writing confidence.
Assess this project by grading the poems for adherence to the instructions, and writing skill. Give extra credit to students who contributed lyrics to use in the class lesson