Teach Argument With “Look What You Made Me Do”

We are fortunate that mega-celebrity Taylor Swift is so careful with her words, and prolific in her songwriting!  Her single, “Look What You Made Me Do,”provides a wealth of rich rhetoric to unpack and discuss with your students.  The literary magic that Taylor strives to integrate into her lyrics and music video provide a perfect opportunity to bridge students’ comfort zones in literary analysis to the often more complex world of argument and rhetorical analysis.  Scroll down to learn more about the contents of this lesson bundle!

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Lesson Features

Grades 8 - 12
Focus Close Reading, Rhetorical Analysis, Visual Rhetoric

Lesson Description

Wondering what you’ll find in this lesson bundle?  Here’s what you can expect!

  • A guided rhetorical analysis that focuses on speaker, intended audience, and the relationship between the two;
  • An exercise designed to help bridge students from literary analysis to rhetorical analysis (conducting both a literary analysis and a rhetorical analysis on the same textual evidence, side-by-side);
  • A discussion guide, with the lyrics and high-level discussion questions side-by-side;
  • A close reading exercise that focuses on the title and chorus of the song;
  • An awesome small-group exercise that prompts different groups to analyze different still-frames from the corresponding music video;
  • An analytical writing prompt that prompts students to take an innovative second-look at the lyrics… (usually a very powerful and eye-opening moment!!)

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