I understand having a hard time finding contemporary music for younger children, but I have had huge success in using popular music to teach my 8th graders. For even older kids, there is a great book called Hip Hop and Poetry. It includes classic poems to compare to contemporary rappers such as Eminem and Tupac.
Songs I Use:
Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah (great hyperbole)
does use the word "damn" so I take that out.
Airplanes by BOB (alliteration, simile)
Just a Dream by Nelly (imagery, repetition)
Wide Awake by Katy Perry (allusion)
Firework by Katy Perry (onomotopoeia, alliteration, metaphor)
In the End- Linkin' Park (mostly for analysis)
Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes (metaphor-big time!)
Beautiful by One Direction (countless poetry devices)
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