Old Dominion's "Break Up With Him" Lesson Plans

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Old Dominion’s hit country song “Break Up With Him” utilizes a number of compelling rhetorical devices that are common in “real life” — in conversations regarding interpersonal relationships, in politics, and in marketing.  This particular analysis and lesson plan set place an additional emphasis on counterargument, which is notoriously challenging to for students to master!  Additional focal points for these lesson plans include:

  • Conducting a close reading when analyzing text (and the word and sentence level)
  • Considering the importance of a specific audience
  • Identifying, analyzing, and crafting effective counterarguments

Use these lesson plans in combination with our rhetorical analysis (embedded below) and engage your students today!

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Lesson Description


Lesson Features

Lesson Focus Counterargument; audience; close reading
Grades Secondary (flexible: 9 through 12)


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