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Writing to Learn: Song Lyrics. By Wendy Wichert. Engage. Think about different kinds of songs you know What makes them different? What is similar?. Nursery Rhyme Rock n’ Roll Country Rap Show tunes Classical. Jazz Folk Music Bluegrass Love Songs Children’s music Etc.

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engage
Engage
  • Think about different kinds of songs you know
  • What makes them different?
  • What is similar?
different song styles
Nursery Rhyme

Rock n’ Roll

Country

Rap

Show tunes

Classical

Jazz

Folk Music

Bluegrass

Love Songs

Children’s music

Etc.

Different Song Styles
poetry in music
Poetry in Music
  • Songs are written much like poems:
  • Rhythm
  • Rhyme
  • Rhyme Scheme- a sequence in which rhyming occurs (Ex. ABAB)
  • Stanzas (or verses)- a grouping of two or more lines of a poem in terms of length, metrical form, or rhyme scheme
  • Look for all of these poetic devices in song lyrics
what makes good song lyrics
What Makes Good Song Lyrics?
  • Rhyme scheme
  • Rhyme
  • A chorus- a refrain or repeat; the verse that is repeated in a song
  • Repetition
  • Do all of these apply to all song styles?
  • Let’s look at some examples
nursery rhyme twinkle twinkle little star by jane taylor
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,How I wonder what you are.Up above the world so high,Like a diamond in the sky.Twinkle, twinkle, little star,How I wonder what you are!When the blazing sun is gone,When he nothing shines upon,Then you show your little light,Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.Twinkle, twinkle, little star,How I wonder what you are!

Then the traveler in the darkThanks you for your tiny spark;He could not see which way to go,If you did not twinkle so.Twinkle, twinkle, little star,How I wonder what you are!In the dark blue sky you keep,While you thro' my window peep,And you never shut your eye,Till the sun is in the sky,Twinkle, twinkle, little star,How I wonder what you are!

Nursery Rhyme: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”by Jane Taylor
rock roll song let it be by the beatles
Rock & Roll Song: “Let it Be” by the Beatles

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree

There will be an answer, let it be

For though we may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see

There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be

There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, Let it be, let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me

Shine until tomorrow, let it be

I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comforts me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be

There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

rap song fresh prince of bel air by will smith
Now this is the story all about how

My life got flipped, turned upside down

And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there

I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

In West Philadelphia born and raised

On the playground where I spent most of my days

Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool

And all shooting some B-ball outside the school

When a couple of guys said were up to no good

Started making trouble in my neighborhood

I got in one little fight and my mom got scared

And said you’re moving with your Auntie and Uncle in Bel-Air

I begged and pleaded with her the other day

But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way

She gave me a kissin’ and she gave me my ticket

I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it

First class, yo, this is bad,

Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass

Is this what the people of Bel Air livin like

Hmm this might be alright

I whistled for a cab and when it came near the

License plate said ‘fresh’ and had dice in the mirror

If anything I could say that this cab was rare

But I thought now forgot it, yo home to Bel Air

I pulled up to a house about seven or eight

And I yelled to the cabbie, yo home smell you later

Looked at my kingdom I was finally there

To settle my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

Rap Song: “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” by Will Smith
looking back
Looking back
  • What similarities were there between the three songs?
  • What were the differences?
  • Did all of the songs have a rhyme scheme? A chorus?
  • Was there any repetition in the three songs?
  • Do all songs look the same?
writing songs to learn
Writing Songs to Learn
  • We can even use songs we know to help us study!
  • All we have to do is change the words!
  • Let’s look at an example of this…
example symbiosis song by wendy wichert to the tune of row row row your boat a nursery rhyme
Example:“Symbiosis Song” by Wendy Wichertto the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (A Nursery Rhyme)

Symbiosis means interactions between two organisms

Through mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism

Mutualism is the best relationship

Because both of the organisms will benefit

Parasitism has a parasite and a host

Where the parasite benefits and the host can become a ghost

Commensalism means that one organism does well

The other organism is unharmed so everything is swell

you try it
You Try It!
  • Pick a song style that you like
  • Pick a song you know that falls into that song style
  • Pick a topic that you are learning about in school
  • Try to compose lyrics about your topic to the song and song style you have chosen
sources for presentation
Sources for Presentation
  • Jane Taylor. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” 1806.

http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/twinkle.htm

  • The Beatles. "Let it Be.“ Let it Be. Capitol Records, 1970.
  • Will Smith. "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."1990.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/willsmith/freshprinceofbelairthemesong.html