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Stairway to Heaven: Examining Metaphor in Popular Music

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Stairway to Heaven: Examining Metaphor in Popular Music

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sue Carmichael

Rochester, New York


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives

Professional Library



Grades   9 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Literary Graffiti

Literary Graffiti, a high school version of the Doodle Splash student interactive, also aims to teach students to visualize what they are reading to help them develop as readers.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

From Sheryl Crow to Homer Simpson: Literature and Composition through Pop Culture

High school teacher Jerome Evans makes popular culture an integral part of his courses. Through analyzing themes in song lyrics, rhetorical devices in essays and advertisements, and psychology in contemporary film, students improve their skills in critical thinking and writing.


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