Teach Argument with Ed Sheeran's "The Joker and The Queen"

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Ed Sheeran’s hit song, “The Joker and The Queen,” provides us with a lovely argument that’s layered with rhetorical devices for students to unpack — the most obvious being, of course, an extended metaphor. What’s more, a remix of the original featuring Taylor Swift adds complexity by inserting a second argument into the first. This lesson bundle spans nine pages and includes five different comprehensive activities — scroll down to learn more about the lesson itself!

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Lesson Description

Wondering exactly what you can expect to find in this lesson bundle? Look no further. This bundle includes:

  • A “bigger picture” introductory analysis that prompts students to begin unpacking the argument by considering the title alone
  • A four-page guided analysis that pairs excerpts from the song with guiding questions for discussion, analysis, and close reading
  • An activity that asks students to unpack the rhetorical triangle after conducting an in-depth close reading
  • A comparative analysis that asks students to analyze and synthesize the remixed version of the song (i.e. Taylor Swift’s verse) with the original argument that was composed
  • An intertextual analysis that prompts students to compare, contrast, and synthesize “The Joker and The Queen” with another very well known and popular argument

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Lesson Features

Focus Close Reading, Rhetorical Analysis, Comparative Analysis
Grades 9 - 12+


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