Do all pop songs sound the same?

During this lesson you will read a text about pop music, create a visual summary of the article and then make an argument poster in small groups.

By Ms. Olamit
September 17, 2015
7th Grade Arts

Writing Prompt

Many people dislike pop music because they argue that it all sounds the same. In this article the authors argue that there is more variety in pop music than most people realize.

Using the visual summary strategy, summarize the article's main ideas on variety in pop music in "Scientists study hit songs, find more variety than 'experts' think there is." Draw visuals that describe the main ideas and key evidence (or details) the author uses to inform his/her readers.

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7th Grade Literacy Standards in Arts

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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