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ERIC Number: EJ1034915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Building Schema: Exploring Content with Song Lyrics and Strategic Reading
Stygles, Justin
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v24 p101-114 Spr 2014
Teaching with song lyrics has many popular variations. The Common Core State Standards discourage pre-teaching, leaving students somewhat adrift. Song lyrics possess the potential to scaffold students' schema in select social studies topics. Using reciprocal teaching (Palinscar & Brown 1984) within the reading workshop students ponder provided song lyrics to activate schema, questions, and a purpose for reading social studies content. By analyzing student work, instructional needs are determined, to strengthen schema and position students to deeper reading with subsequent texts. In this example, students closely read the eighties rock-classic "Cherokee by Europe" (1987) to build a context and create understanding around the Trail of Tears.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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