Teach Argument With Taylor Swift’s “Delicate”

Taylor Swift continues to remain a dominant force in popular music, and fortunately for us, her lyrics and music videos continue to provide a wealth of rhetorical nuances that make for incredibly engaging analyses.  This particular lesson bundle prompts students to unpack Taylor Swift’s “Delicate” through multiple lenses — weaving visual and rhetorical analysis together, and helping to clarify the differences between the two for students who may be new to rhetorical analysis and argument.

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Lesson Description

Wondering what you can expect to find in this lesson bundle?  Look no further.  This extensive lesson bundle contains the following resources and activities:

  • An opening activity that prompts students to closely consider the word “delicate” — placing an emphasis on the power of deliberate, specific language.
  • Guided analysis, placing excerpted lyrics side-by-side with questions designed to scaffold rhetorical analysis.
  • Storyboarding through screenshots, prompting students to unpack the narrative of Taylor Swift’s music video while marrying literary and rhetorical analysis.
  • A series of analytical activities that hone in on specific symbols that are integrated into Taylor Swift’s music video for “Delicate.”  Students are prompted to consider how symbols play a role from both a literary, and a rhetorical, perspective.
  • An analysis of visual rhetoric, body language, and light/darkness.
  • A writing prompt that asks students to articulate their analysis of the video, merging the literary and the rhetorical.
  • A series of connective learning tasks that compare and contrast Taylor Swift’s “Delicate” with her hit song, “Shake It Off.”
  • And MORE!

This extensive lesson spans fifteen pages, and provides a multitude of opportunities for flexible implementation — perfect for small group work, for independent work, and/or for homework.  This bundle is built to function flexibly as a single, action-packed class period, or to span a full week of deep thinking and analysis!

 
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