Teach Argument With Justin Timberlake’s “Say Something”

Justin Timberlake has been a pop culture mega star for decades, and as such, his words have the potential to carry a great deal of weight.  This lesson bundle utilizes Timberlake’s hit song and corresponding music video, “Say Something,” to engage students in close reading, visual rhetorical analysis, and critical thinking about argument.

(In the lyrics, Timberlake argues that “sometimes, the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all.”  Powerful fodder for an illuminating classroom discussion on rhetoric, language, and argument!)

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Lesson Features

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

Lesson Description

Wondering what you can expect in this lesson bundle?

This resource was designed for students who have a fundamental understanding of argument, and who would benefit from participating with a layered, complex, and engaging text.  The activities in this bundle include:

  • A side-by-side guided analysis that promotes close reading, as well as a consideration of rhetoric and language
  • A series of visual rhetoric analyses, including Justin Timberlake’s public image through the years
  • Selected still-frames from the music video, accompanied by guiding questions for rhetorical analysis
  • Excerpts of paired texts to synthesize with the core argument being posed by Timberlake (…the true rigor and awesomeness of this lesson lives HERE!)
  • …and MORE

 
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