Teach Argument with Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down”

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Teach Argument with Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down”

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Where argument writing and rhetorical analysis are concerned, Taylor Swift is an artist that never seems to let us down.  She consistently delivers lyrics (and, in corresponding music videos, imagery) that are purposefully crafted to maximize rhetorical power.  Her hit song, “You Need to Calm Down,” accomplishes this wonderfully as it makes an argument in support of the LGBQT community. This comprehensive lesson bundle will provide students the opportunity to peel back the many layers of this argument, including lyrics, still frames from the music video, and even the corresponding petition Swift created to try and spark change.  (This really is a comprehensive and AWESOME bundle).

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Lesson Description

Wondering exactly what you can expect to find in this bundle?  Look no further. This bundle includes:

  • A comprehensive guided rhetorical analysis that pairs guiding questions with every line of the song’s lyrics
  • An exercise that prompts students to deconstruct the lyrics with regard to the fundamental features of an argument
  • An analytical “extension” task that asks students to analyze, and to synthesize, the lyrics of the song with the corresponding petition composed by Swift (e.g. the petition that the music video encourages viewers to sign via call-to-action at the video’s end)
  • A focused visual-rhetoric exercise that asks students to analyze and deconstruct selected still-frames from the music video
  • And more!

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Lesson Features

Grades 8 - 12
Focus Rhetorical Analysis, Close Reading, Intertextual Analysis

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