The tremendous worldwide popularity of Stranger Things catapulted Kate Bush’s 1985 hit song, “Running Up That Hill,” to the very top of the charts. It’s no wonder why you and your students have had that chorus humming in your head for months — so what better text to utilize for an engaging lesson on close reading and rhetorical analysis?
This lesson includes an extensive guided analysis (spanning 7 pages — to be done independently, in small groups, or jigsawed), a targeted exercise focused on unpacking message and purpose, and an optional (but fun) activity that prompts students who have watched Stranger Things to make analytical connections between the song and the show.
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