Teach Rhetorical Analysis With Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams 

Check out our rhetorical analysis of Taylor Swift’s hit song “Wildest Dreams” — video embedded below!

We encourage you to use this film as a model for your students as you teach rhetorical analysis and argument writing, and as you seek to make these advanced English concepts more authentic, engagement, and meaningful.

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  • Title reads Teach Rhetorical Analysis with Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams. Telling isn’t teaching. The narrator is doing all the work. Are teachers just supposed to let this play for students while they passively listen to someone else’s thinking?

    • I think our challenge becomes finding a way to engage students in active (rather than passive) listening. A lot goes to be said for exposing our students to the kind of thinking we want them to be doing. Modeling it in class, sharing examples such as this, and asking them to model for each other. Will be “flipping” Thursday’s lesson with this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • This comment is in response to those already posted regarding students being passive listeners. A suggestion is to take notes on what he says in the video, then ask your kids guiding questions in order to get them to do the analysis. This is what I do. Yes, it takes time to write down the notes and make sure you cover everything, but that way the kids are doing the thinking and you’re just guiding them into the responses you want. You don’t need to play the 20 minute analysis video; just use the ideas to guide a discussion.

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