Mrs. Butler and Ms. Casaccio's Best Stargirl Lessons
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1. Standard 1
a. interpret and analyze information from…audio and media presentations…
b. compare and synthesize information from different sources
c. relate new information to prior knowledge and experience
2. Standard 2
a. read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors, subjects,
3. Standard 3
a. assess the quality of texts and presentations, using criteria related to the genre,
the subject area, and purpose
b. understand that within any group there are many different points of view
depending on the particular interests and values of the individual, and
recognize those differences in perspective in texts and presentations
4. Standard 4
a. express ideas and concerns clearly and respectfully in conversations and group
1. CD Player
2. Copy of India Arie’s song, “Video”
3. Class copies of the song lyrics
4. Music video for “Video”
5. Clip from interview with Arie
6. Discussion Questions
1. Love has the ability to make one look beyond appearance and simply what is visible to
2. Music is a form of poetry in our world.
3. The concept of individuality and loving oneself is a common theme in music and
literature, as these issues are important and deserving of much attention.
4. Music, like literature, possesses the power to touch all of us and incite thought within
1. What is India Arie’s message through her song, “Video?”
2. How does Arie feel about conformity?
3. How does music shape our ideas of what is “normal.”
4. How is Arie similar to Stargirl?
Students will be able to:
1. Determine how music is a form of poetry.
2. Evaluate a song for its themes and message.
3. Relate these themes to the novel, Stargirl.
4. Recognize the various mediums through which expected behavior is conveyed to the public.
5. Develop an appreciation for the roles that literature and music play in their lives.
1. Casaccio’s Question: What does this saying mean to you? “Be who you are and say
what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t
2. Discuss as a class. (2 minutes)
3. Discuss how songs are a form of poetry.
5. Play interview with Arie.
6. Provide each student with a copy of the lyrics so that he or she may follow along.
7. Break students up into groups of 2 or 3 to complete questions on Arie handout. (15
8. Review questions aloud as a class.
1. The teacher can assess students’ ability to relate the themes of a song to the novel,
indicating their understanding of both.
2. The Do Now activity can be evaluated for students’ ability to interpret a phrase, judge
its validity, and accurately apply it to a text and their own lives.
3. The teacher can walk around the classroom and read students’ journal entries. These
entries require students to consider two different sources and apply them to each
other. They will assess whether students are capable of doing so and will reflect their
level of a deeper understanding of the text and its characters.
Last Modified: Monday March 06 2006