Analyzing Taylor Swift’s “22″: Does Popular Music Promote Antagonism Between Social Groups?

In this lesson, students will analyze Taylor Swift’s song “22″ for the way it eschews “hipsters,” they will debate the reasons why Swift would attempt to distance herself from one kind of social group, and they will research and critically analyze other examples of popular music to argue whether or not they promote antagonism between social groups.


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Lesson Plan

Play the video of Taylor Swift's song "22" for your students, and have them follow the lyrics, which are available here.

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Music, Social Studies, Tenth, Twelfth

Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.