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NCTE: Song versus Song

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students compare and contrast two songs that have some sort of link. After comparing and contrasting the two songs verbally and in writing, they will vote on which song is better. The winning song will return at a later date to battle a new song.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Several days or weeks before doing this activity, ask students to bring in songs. After you have gathered 8-10 songs you feel comfortable using in the classroom, you are ready to present this activity. I like to copy the songs onto a CD-R or cassette tape and give back the students' CDs and tapes as soon as possible. Having all the songs on a CD-R or cassette tape makes the activity run smoothly.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will recognize and explain the impact of various media on daily life.

    After the Activity

    Have a large-group discussion about the two songs before voting. Begin the discussion by having each pair share their final statement(s). The song with the most votes will return at a later date to battle a new song.