Teach Argument With Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”

Know what’s better than teaching argument than with Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Perfect”…?  Teaching argument with “Perfect” as performed by multiple speakers — including Beyonce and Bocelli.

Every once and a while, the pop culture gods smile down upon us and give us little gifts that are perfect for teaching nuanced rhetoric — and this is one of those times.  These materials will prompt students to conduct a scaffolded analysis of Sheeran’s “Perfect,” to consider how the integration of a second speaker influences the argument, and to compose a written analysis that unpacks a translation of Bocelli’s version (a third speaker!).  This is GREAT stuff!

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Lesson Features

Grades 8 - 12
Focus Rhetorical analysis, Close reading, Multiple speakers, Writing

Lesson Description

Looking for more details about what this awesome lesson entails?  Look no further!

These resources are divided into three parts:

(#1) First, students will be prompted to conduct a rhetorical analysis of the first verse of “Perfect.”  They will consider the argument as posed by a single speaker — Ed Sheeran.  Guiding questions to scaffold students analysis are included — ready to print, copy, and distribute!

(#2) Then, students will consider the second verse from the perspective of two different speakers.  They will engage in a close reading of each line, and will unpack the nuanced differences in meaning that accompany the shift from Sheeran-as-speaker to Beyonce-as-soeaker.

(#3) Once students have complete the thorough analytical tasks described above, they will be ready to stake it out on their own — without a scaffolded guide for their analysis.  The third part of this lesson is a writing task that prompts students to conduct a rhetorical analysis of Andrea Bocelli’s version of the second verse.  (Students will consider, and will write about, the impact of a third speaker… the changes in languages… and the overall effect on the argument…!)

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