Reading Comprehension Through Disney Princess Songs

If you are a follower of this blog, you will know that I am a massive fan of using music in the classroom. I have often blogged examples of songs I have used to develop reading comprehension. Click the following image to see all the previous songs I have blogged:

To further improve reading comprehension the latest songs I have chosen to work on gives the opportunity for pupils to make valuable links and compare similar texts. All the questions have been put into a downloadable pack you can buy for JUST £1.99. 

Here is a taste of what is included in the pack:

The Little Mermaid - Part of Your World

Maybe he's right. Maybe there is something the matter with me
I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad...

Look at this stuff

Isn't it neat?

Wouldn't you think my collection’s complete?

Wouldn't you think I'm the girl

The girl who has everything?

  • Who is Ariel talking about when she says ‘Maybe he’s right’? Her Dad
  • Why do you think King Triton thinks Humans are bad? Humans pollute the oceans and also hunt the wildlife. 
  • What wonderful things do you think Ariel is talking about? Open for discussion.
  • What tells us Ariel is young? She uses the phrase ‘isn’t it neat’ and also references herself as a girl. 
  • What does she have a collection of? Human artefacts
  • How has she managed to get these objects? Shipwrecks
  • How do we know she has a lot of human artefacts? She says her collection is complete
  • Does she feel happy about the collection? A little, she wants more.
  • Why would you think she has everything? She has a good life, she is a princess which is what a lot of people desire

Frozen - Let it Go!

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight

Not a footprint to be seen

A kingdom of isolation

And it looks like I'm the queen

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside

Couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I've tried

  • What does the lyric ‘not a footprint to be seen’ tell us? She’s alone
  • A kingdom of isolation is an example of what? A metaphor.
  • On a scale of 1-5 how big is this feeling of isolation? 5 due to the word Kingdom, not a room, house or street.
  • Why has the word Isolation been chosen? Play on the word ice
  • The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside is an example of? A simile
  • What verb is used to describe the wind? Howling
  • How does she feel about the storm inside from this word choice? Why? She feels scared, wolves howl and they are often depicted as fearful predators. 
  • Who is Elsa talking about when she sings ‘heaven knows I’ve tried’? Her parents, who pass away at the start of the film.

Moana - How Far I'll Go

I've been staring at the edge of the water

'Long as I can remember, never really knowing why

I wish I could be the perfect daughter

But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try

  • What tense is used in the first line? Present perfect
  • Why has she chosen the word staring over looking? Staring gives the impression of concentration as shes really thinking hard.
  • What could the water be a metaphor for? The ocean water is a metaphor for the unknown, the Other, for thinking outside the box, for being a pioneer.
  • Where is the edge of the water? The shore
  • How do you know she’s been staring for a long time? As long as she can remember
  • If she doesn’t know why she’s staring at the water, why does she do it? She’s curious, there’s something inside that longs to explore. 
  • How does she feel about this longing for the ocean? Guilty
  • How do you know? She wishes she could be the perfect daughter
  • What does it mean to be the perfect daughter? Being the only child of the village chief, she is poised to be the next leader of her people, but at 16 years of age, she can’t help but long to explore the world and imagine different paths for herself. *Link her to Let It Go and the lyric ‘that perfect girl is gone.’

The pack also includes a 'making links' section for children to explore similarities and differences between the songs and themes. 


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