I always start my poetry lessons with a song that somehow relates to the poem we will study in class (sometimes the song IS the poem, but today we have both). For this lesson, you will need to get your hands on a copy of the lyrics (and hopefully a recording of the song itself, which is more fun than just reading lyrics) to Collective Soul's "Needs."
Before you show the lyrics or play the song, you need to do some creative editing. See, the kids will THINK you're giving them all the lyrics to the song, so as they're listening/reading they think they're getting the full message. However, you're far more clever than that, so you're going to leave OUT the last stanza of the song. Print the first set of lyrics for the students or display on a screen, but only up until the musical interlude (you're going to print up through "or doubt of faith to fall into"). If you play the song for the students, make sure you pause it before the interlude starts; I like to do this with a volume fade-out, and it makes it seem like the song is actually over. When you've played this much of the song, ask the students to respond verbally or in writing to the first three poetry questions (see introduction). You'll generally get answers like this:
1. The speaker is an emo guy who hates the world and thinks he can survive on his own, doesn't want any friends or need anyone in his life.
2. He's talking to anyone who will listen to his whiny butt complain about life and the world.
3. He wants us all to know how tough he is, that he doesn't need anyone in his life, so move along.
NOW, post the ending of the song ("You're all I need, do doo do do doo," etc.) and play the rest of it for the kids. Watch as they realize you have tricked them, and that they were entirely wrong about the speaker, audience, AND central purpose of the song. Now have them answer the questions again, and you'll get responses like these:
1. The speaker is a guy in love, his whole world revolves around his woman, he needs her and nothing else in his life.
2. The audience is the woman he loves, he wants her to know the whole world can disappear and he only needs her, etc.
3. The central purpose is a message of love and longing, etc.