Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" Lesson Plans

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Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Thinking Out Loud” provides a great springboard for rhetorically analyzing an expertly crafted modern love song.  These lesson plans nicely accompany our rhetorical analysis video (embedded below), and engage students in a multitude of compelling and rigorous learning tasks.

Learning tasks associated with this lesson include:

  • Close reading
  • Analysis of a specific rhetorical strategies
  • An organized compare-and-contrast activity
  • An argumentative writing prompt
  • …and more!

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Lesson Features

Lesson Focus: Rhetorical analysis; close reading; compare and contrast
Grades Middle and Secondary (flexible: 7 through 12)


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