R. City's "Locked Away" Lesson Plans

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R. City’s hit song “Locked Away” utilizes a number of interesting rhetorical strategies that provide students a compelling opportunity for analysis.  These particular lesson plans focus on the following skills:

  • Conducting a close reading when analyzing text (and the word and sentence level)
  • Considering the impact of targeting multiple audience (and implications for changes in meaning)
  • Identifying and utilizing textual evidence to support a position

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 Close reading at sentence and word level; audience and purpose; multiple audiences; supporting claims with textual evidence
Grades Secondary (flexible: 9 through 12)


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