Teach Argument with Maroon 5’s “Memories”

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Teach Argument with Maroon 5’s “Memories”

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Maroon 5’s hit song “Memories” provides us with an opportunity to teach close reading and rhetorical analysis in the context of a wildly popular hit song.  These lesson resources include an extensive guided rhetorical analysis spanning five pages, activities that delve more deeply into facets of the writing (such as pronouns), visual rhetorical analysis, and comparative analysis across similar texts!  Scroll down for additional lesson details!

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Lesson Description

Wondering exactly what you can expect to find in this particular lesson bundle?  Look no further.  The resources for teaching argument and close reading with Maroon 5’s “Memories” spans 12 pages, and includes:

  • A guided rhetorical analysis and close reading that walks students through the thought process associated with unpacking complex texts through an argumentative lens.
  • Analytical activities and prompts that target specific facets of the argument (in this case, we ask students to analyze the use of pronouns).
  • A comparative analysis activity that pairs Maroon 5’s “Memories” with another popular song that uses similar language.
  • A visual rhetorical analysis that prompts students to consider what insights might be uncovered by analyzing still frames from the music video.
  • An awesome comparative rhetorical analysis task that asks students to analyze and compare two additional popular songs that use the same conventions as Maroon 5’s “Memories.”

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Lesson Features

Grades 9 - 12+
Focus Rhetorical analysis, Comparative analysis, Close reading, Visual analysis

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