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  1. 1. Writing to Learn:Writing to Learn: Song LyricsSong Lyrics By Vincent RabiolaBy Vincent Rabiola
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  3. 3. EngageEngage  Think about different kinds of songs youThink about different kinds of songs you knowknow  What makes them different?What makes them different?  What is similar?What is similar? 33Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  4. 4. Different Song StylesDifferent Song Styles  Nursery RhymeNursery Rhyme  Rock n’ RollRock n’ Roll  CountryCountry  RapRap  Show tunesShow tunes  ClassicalClassical  JazzJazz  Folk MusicFolk Music  BluegrassBluegrass  Love SongsLove Songs  Children’s musicChildren’s music  Etc.Etc. 44Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  5. 5. Poetry in MusicPoetry in Music  Songs are written much like poems:Songs are written much like poems:  RhythmRhythm  RhymeRhyme  Rhyme Scheme-Rhyme Scheme- a sequence in which rhyminga sequence in which rhyming occurs (Ex. ABAB)occurs (Ex. ABAB)  Stanzas (or verses)-Stanzas (or verses)- a grouping of two or morea grouping of two or more lines of a poem in terms of length, metrical form, orlines of a poem in terms of length, metrical form, or rhyme schemerhyme scheme  Look for all of these poetic devices inLook for all of these poetic devices in song lyricssong lyrics 55Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  6. 6. What Makes Good SongWhat Makes Good Song Lyrics?Lyrics?  Rhyme schemeRhyme scheme  RhymeRhyme  A chorus-A chorus- a refrain or repeat; the verse that isa refrain or repeat; the verse that is repeated in a songrepeated in a song  RepetitionRepetition  Do all of these apply to all song styles?Do all of these apply to all song styles?  Let’s look at some examplesLet’s look at some examples 66Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  7. 7. Nursery Rhyme: “Twinkle, TwinkleNursery Rhyme: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”Little Star” by Jane Taylorby Jane Taylor Twinkle, twinkle, little star,Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high,Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star,Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are!How I wonder what you are! When the blazing sun is gone,When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon,When he nothing shines upon, Then you show your little light,Then you show your little light, Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.Twinkle, twinkle, all the night. Twinkle, twinkle, little star,Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are!How I wonder what you are! Then the traveler in the darkThen the traveler in the dark Thanks you for your tiny spark;Thanks you for your tiny spark; He could not see which way toHe could not see which way to go,go, If you did not twinkle so.If you did not twinkle so. Twinkle, twinkle, little star,Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are!How I wonder what you are! In the dark blue sky you keep,In the dark blue sky you keep, While you thro' my window peep,While you thro' my window peep, And you never shut your eye,And you never shut your eye, Till the sun is in the sky,Till the sun is in the sky, Twinkle, twinkle, little star,Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are!How I wonder what you are! 77Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  8. 8. Rock & Roll Song:Rock & Roll Song: “Let it Be” by the Beatles“Let it Be” by the Beatles When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to meWhen I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it beSpeaking words of wisdom, let it be And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of meAnd in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it beSpeaking words of wisdom, let it be Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it beLet it be, let it be, let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it be And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agreeAnd when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree There will be an answer, let it beThere will be an answer, let it be For though we may be parted, there is still a chance that they will seeFor though we may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it beThere will be an answer, let it be Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it beLet it be, let it be, let it be, let it be There will be an answer, let it beThere will be an answer, let it be Let it be, Let it be, let it be, let it beLet it be, Let it be, let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it be Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it beLet it be, let it be, let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it be And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on meAnd when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me Shine until tomorrow, let it beShine until tomorrow, let it be I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comforts meI wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comforts me Speaking words of wisdom, let it beSpeaking words of wisdom, let it be Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it beLet it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be There will be an answer, let it beThere will be an answer, let it be Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it beLet it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it be 88Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  9. 9. Rap Song: “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”Rap Song: “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” by Will Smithby Will Smith Now this is the story all about howNow this is the story all about how My life got flipped, turned upside downMy life got flipped, turned upside down And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right thereAnd I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town calledI’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel AirBel Air In West Philadelphia born and raisedIn West Philadelphia born and raised On the playground where I spent most of my daysOn the playground where I spent most of my days Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all coolChilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool And all shooting some B-ball outside the schoolAnd all shooting some B-ball outside the school When a couple of guys said were up to no goodWhen a couple of guys said were up to no good Started making trouble in my neighborhoodStarted making trouble in my neighborhood I got in one little fight and my mom got scaredI got in one little fight and my mom got scared And said you’re moving with your Auntie and Uncle inAnd said you’re moving with your Auntie and Uncle in Bel-AirBel-Air I begged and pleaded with her the other dayI begged and pleaded with her the other day But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my wayBut she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way She gave me a kissin’ and she gave me my ticketShe gave me a kissin’ and she gave me my ticket I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick itI put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it First class, yo, this is bad,First class, yo, this is bad, Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glassDrinking orange juice out of a champagne glass Is this what the people of Bel Air livin likeIs this what the people of Bel Air livin like Hmm this might be alrightHmm this might be alright I whistled for a cab and when it came near theI whistled for a cab and when it came near the License plate said ‘fresh’ and had dice in the mirrorLicense plate said ‘fresh’ and had dice in the mirror If anything I could say that this cab was rareIf anything I could say that this cab was rare But I thought now forgot it, yo home to Bel AirBut I thought now forgot it, yo home to Bel Air I pulled up to a house about seven or eightI pulled up to a house about seven or eight And I yelled to the cabbie, yo home smell you laterAnd I yelled to the cabbie, yo home smell you later Looked at my kingdom I was finally thereLooked at my kingdom I was finally there To settle my throne as the Prince of Bel AirTo settle my throne as the Prince of Bel Air 99Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  10. 10. Looking backLooking back  What similarities were there between theWhat similarities were there between the three songs?three songs?  What were the differences?What were the differences?  Did all of the songs have a rhymeDid all of the songs have a rhyme scheme? A chorus?scheme? A chorus?  Was there any repetition in the threeWas there any repetition in the three songs?songs?  Do all songs look the same?Do all songs look the same? 1010Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  11. 11. 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… 1111Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  12. 12. Example:Example: “Symbiosis Song” by Wendy Wichert“Symbiosis Song” by Wendy Wichert to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (A Nursery Rhyme)(A Nursery Rhyme) Symbiosis means interactions between two organismsSymbiosis means interactions between two organisms Through mutualism, parasitism, and commensalismThrough mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism Mutualism is the best relationshipMutualism is the best relationship Because both of the organisms will benefitBecause both of the organisms will benefit Parasitism has a parasite and a hostParasitism has a parasite and a host Where the parasite benefits and the host can become a ghostWhere the parasite benefits and the host can become a ghost Commensalism means that one organism does wellCommensalism means that one organism does well The other organism is unharmed so everything is swellThe other organism is unharmed so everything is swell 1212Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  13. 13. You Try It!You Try It!  Pick a song style that you likePick a song style that you like  Pick a song you know that falls into thatPick a song you know that falls into that song stylesong style  Pick a topic that you are learning about inPick a topic that you are learning about in schoolschool  Try to compose lyrics about your topic toTry to compose lyrics about your topic to the song and song style you havethe song and song style you have chosenchosen 1313Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  14. 14. 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 1414Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola
  15. 15. The End! 1515Vincent RabiolaVincent Rabiola

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