Subtext: Layers of Meaning

Song lyrics are poetry set to music.

They often hold multiple meanings– and can be interpreted in a personal way by each individual.

Consider the lyrics to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic.

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch this video.

2. Write your own lyrics. Include subtext.

3. Select a song or a song’s lyrics. (This can be what you just wrote.) Study the lyrics — line by line. Explain what the words mean to you. If you wish, explain what they might mean to someone else.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is amazing.

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It includes collections from a wide range of cultures and locations around the world.

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The Met website has many learning resources for kids, teen, and adults.

Here is their free TEEN PASS:

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More information can be found here:

Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch the video and check out their site:

2. Make some art.

Manuscript Formatting

Just when you think your project is finished, you realize the importance of your submission’s format!

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by Chuck Sambuchino

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(from Brian A. Klems at

Today’s Assignment:

1. Recheck your format.

2. Always read the instructions given by your instructor, agent, or publisher carefully before submitting your manuscript.

3. Look at for many other great resources.