Teach Argument with Ed Sheeran and Khalid’s “Beautiful People”

Ed Sheeran’s hit song, “Beautiful People,” provides us with a great opportunity to analyze the argument that Sheeran makes about the inhabitants of LA.  He clarifies his audience early on, and he utilizes a number of choice words and rhetorical devices to support his argument. Perfect for teaching close reading, rhetorical analysis, and synthesis!

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Lesson Description

Wondering what this lesson bundle contains?  Look no further. This bundle includes:

  • A guided close reading of the lyrics, which provides guiding questions paired with every line of text
  • A scaffolded analysis of rhetorical appeals
  • An opportunity for students to compare and contrast the message, purpose, and other rhetorical elements of “Beautiful People” with similarly themed songs that Sheeran has released in a recent timeframe (e.g. “I Don’t Care” and “Antisocial”)
  • A writing prompt that asks students to turn that synthesis into a formal essay
  • And more!

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Lesson Features

Grades 9 - 12
Focus Rhetorical Analysis, Close Reading, Intertextual Analysis