The only problem with some of the song choices is that they are either not as relevant as they could be and not as appropriate. For example, the simile song choices (which I was specifically looking for) had a song choice that talked about a woman wanting to be romantically (if not sexually) involved with a man. I teach 4th grade and had a bad gut feeling about sharing this with them. I would just looking more for songs that are a little more constructive, although I love the idea of teaching such wonderful poetry attributes through such a powerful medium as music.
I definitely understand your concern. This post was more geared towards teachers who teach at the secondary level, where many of the poems taught deal with subjects like love (even sex at times), racism, and morality. I definitely would not have used some of those songs (or poems) with 4th graders and feel that you were right in following your gut. Especially, when it comes to using music, discretion is very important.
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