The song, “Shed a Little Light”, was written and released by James Taylor in 1991. Its lyrics have many meanings, but the theme of the song is that we are all in this together and we must work together to build a brighter future.
This song can be used in a number of ways as an activity for younger kids or older elementary aged students. A suggestion for grades K-2 would be to listen to the song as a class and sing it together, memorizing the words. Discuss the meaning of the lyrics as a class, and have the students create a cell that highlights their favorite part of the song.
For grades 3-5, teachers could hand out a copy of the lyrics and discuss the meaning as a whole group or in small groups. Be sure to pay attention to how the song relates to the Civil Rights Movement, and why it is pertinent to that time in history. Students would then create a cell that illustrates a part of the song and its meaning.
*Please Note: this song is written as a gospel song, and references God/The Lord.*
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Objective: Students will create a cell illustrating their favorite part of the song.
Objective: Students will create a cell illustrating and describing the meaning of a part of the song.
Grade Level 1-2
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group