SONGS: In this section of '2 Stars and a Wish' you will find activities and comprehension questions for popular songs. The songs are filed under 'SONG COLLECTIONS' in order of the dates they were uploaded (so 'Collection #1' was the first group of songs to be uploaded).

SONG COLLECTIONS:

Time to Rebel

The 1975 ft. Greta Thunberg

This track by the 1975 ft. Greta Thunberg is a great prompt for dicussing climate change and the crisis taking place at the moment.

Firstly, you could get the children to write a similar letter (possibly addressed to the UN) explaining the problem of climate change (and possibly plastic pollution). They could then urge the reader to take action. This would be a useful exercise for writing emotively.

Questions:

1) Find and copy one word that means 'recognise and accept'. (1 mark)

2) Find and copy a group of words that means 'humans' (1 mark)

3) What is the purpose of this letter? Use evidence to support your answer. (2 marks)

4) 'We still have everything in our own hands' - why has the author chosen to include this prhase? (1 mark)

5) Write a synonym for the word 'complex'. (1 mark).

6) According to the text, how much oil is used every day? (1 mark)

7) Summarise why this issue is important? (1 mark)

Click here for a link to the lyrics.

Grown Up

Scouting for Girls

This is a brilliant song for discussing change with children and the theme of growing old. Below are a few ways you could use this song to inspire writing in your class.  

1) Get the children to take the role of the singer. The children could write a diary entry from his perspective explaining why he doesn't want to be a grown, and would like to be younger once more. If doing this, try to think about what has triggered this thinking in the singer? What event(s) has(have) made him nostalgic for the past? 

2) Get the singer to write a letter to himself when he was a child. Explain what he is going to miss when he gets older, and what he needs to appreciate now. 

Questions: 

1) Find and copy a group of words that show the singer looks older. (1 mark) 

2) Find and copy one word that means ‘somewhere where you go away to get away from things’. (1 mark) 

3) ‘Just a boy in the body of a man’ - What does this phrase suggest about the way the singer feels? (1 mark) 

4) Where did the singer spend his childhood? (1 mark) 

5) Give a synonym for the phrase ‘grown up’. (1 mark) 

6) Find and copy a group of words that means ‘at the beginning’. (1 mark) 

7) ‘This song is about change’ - do you agree with this statement? Give evidence for your answer. (3 marks) 

Click here for a link to the lyrics.

Preach

John Legend

Questions

Again, quite a political one but nevertheless it's a nice starting point for discussing how people feel about today's issues. It's more applicable for Y6 as some of the questions are a little tricky (see question 3).

1) Find and copy one word that means 'powerless'. (1 mark)

2) What does the phrase 'history's repeating' suggest? (1 mark)

3) 'Turnin' off my phone just to get out of bed'. How might turning off his phone help him to get out of bed? (1 mark)

4) Why does the singer say that he 'can't just preach'? What does he think he should do instead? (2 marks).

5) How does the singer feel about the world? Use evidence to support your answer. (3 marks)

6) Find and copy one word that means 'awful'. (1 mark)

7) Find and copy one word that means 'when you can't feel anything'. (1 mark)

Click here for a link to the lyrics.

Land of the Free

The Killers

Activities

This song is a really useful focus point for talking about the themes of injustice and racisim. It's quite political and some of the ideas in it are high level, so it's probably better suited for just Y6.

It would also probably be a good idea to explain some of the cultural references in the lyrics, 'land of the free' for example.

Here are some questions to go with the song:

1) Find a synonym, in the text, for the word 'incarceration'. (1 mark)

2) Does the singer believe that he lives in the 'Land of the Free'? Use evidence to support your answer (3 marks)

3) Who are the 'People who just want the same things we do'? Use evidence to show how you know (2 marks)

4) Explain why the author has chosen to include the phrase 'I'm standing, crying'. (1 mark)

5) If you 'grow up looking over both your shoulders', what does that suggest about the way you feel? (1 mark)

6) Which people mentioned in the song lyrics are not orginally from 'The Land of the Free'? (1 mark)

7) What does the singer think is wrong in the 'Land of the Free'? Use evidence to support your answer (3 marks).

Extension: you could also use this song to get children thinking about injustices that they would like to correct. This could lend itself to some really nice persuasive writing.

Click here for a link to the lyrics.

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