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This week we have been talking about the many factors of an author’s background that can influence his or her writing. Yesterday I showed the kids the lyrics to the Beatles’ song, “Blackbird.” The students wrote about their first impressions of the song, then I shared a short article with them explaining how the Civil Rights Movement had inspired John Lennon to write the song. My students then went back to explain how knowing this information deepened their understanding of the song.

In order to help my kids out, I gave them a simple writing frame to follow. They were to copy the sentence starters and fill in the blanks with their own ideas:

After hearing the song “Blackbird” for the first time, I thought the song was about…
I can see now, that… was a major influence to the song.
Although the song first appeared to be about… , I now know that it means much more.
In reality, the song is about/represents…
This song is an example of how… can influence his writing because…

Most of my kids did a really good job. …I said most…

One student completely ignored the writing frame and started her paper with…

“I think it talking about when you where a bady and wow it your to fly away your mom and your dad.”… A rough start but it got much better after that.

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