Welcome to your Poplit Lyrics Station!

Welcome to your Poplit Lyrics Station, which uses popular music to promote literacy learning! Media content found on YouTube.com. This website & questions created by J. Johnson, teacher. Questions focus on these areas: summarizing the main idea, determining mood, figurative language and point of view, making comparisons (to music videos, 'literary' poems, other songs & forms of media) and determining their effectiveness. This site is not an endorsement of any content provided herein. It is strictly for educational purposes! This site is probably best for older students (Junior/ Intermediate/ Senior). Songs are those commonly heard on the radio.

Curriculum & Skills Addressed

This site addresses a wide variety of skills that fit across many grades.

For example:
-summarizing the main idea
-presenting an opinion (both orally & in writing)
-justifying that opinion with evidence pulled from the texts (both orally & in writing)
-identifying key words in the text
-using a graphic organizer
-identifying types of literary devices (rhyme, repetition, simile, metaphor, word choice)
-identifying point of view and determining alternate perspectives
-connecting & comparing texts to other texts/media
-explaining the effectiveness of other media to convey the ideas of the text;
-etc.

However, to give you an idea of how it addresses curriculum specifically, I have listed the relevant curriculum points for Grade 7 as noted in my Ministry of Education Ontario Curriculum document.

If you use the lyrics as an 'oral text':


Gr. 7
ORAL LANGUAGE


Demonstrating Understanding


1.4 demonstrate an understanding of the information and ideas in increasingly complex oral texts in a variety of ways (e.g., briefly outline the main ideas in a text;)

Making Inferences/Interpreting Texts 

1.5 develop and explain interpretations of oral texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts to support their interpretation 

Extending Understanding 

1.6 extend understanding of oral texts, including increasingly complex texts, by connecting, comparing, and contrasting the ideas and information in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights; to other texts, including print and visual texts; and to the world around them 

Analyzing Texts 

1.7 analyse oral texts in order to evaluate how effectively they communicate ideas, opinions, themes, or experiences, and suggest possible improvements 


If you use the lyrics as a reading text:
GRADE 7 READING

Demonstrating Understanding 

1.4 demonstrate understanding of increasingly complex texts by summarizing important ideas and citing a variety of details that support the main idea

Making Inferences/Interpreting Texts 

1.5 develop and explain interpretations of increasingly complex or difficult texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts to support their interpretations 

Extending Understanding 

1.6 extend understanding of texts, including increasingly complex or difficult texts, by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them

Analysing Texts 

1.7 analyse a variety of texts, both simple and complex, and explain how the different elements in them contribute to meaning and influence the reader's reaction 

Responding to and Evaluating Texts 

1.8 evaluate the effectiveness of both simple and complex texts based on evidence from the texts 

Point of View 

1.9 identify the point of view presented in texts, including increasingly complex or difficult texts; give evidence of any biases they may contain; and suggest other possible perspectives
 
Elements of Style 

2.4 identify various elements of style - including foreshadowing, metaphor, and symbolism - and explain how they help communicate meaning and enhance the effectiveness of texts

And for the writing component of the site:
GRADE 7 WRITING

Classifying Ideas 

1.4 sort and classify ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways that allow them to manipulate information and see different combinations and relationships in their data (e.g., by underlining or highlighting key words or phrases; by using a graphic organizer) 
Point of View 

2.5 identify their point of view and other possible points of view, evaluate other points of view, and find ways to acknowledge other points of view, if appropriate 

And for the comparison to media on this site

GRADE 7 MEDIA LITERACY

Making Inferences/Interpreting Messages 

1.2 interpret increasingly complex or difficult media texts, using overt and implied messages as evidence for their interpretations 

Responding to and Evaluating Texts 

1.3 evaluate the effectiveness of the presentation and treatment of ideas, information, themes, opinions, issues, and/or experiences in media texts