This collection presents popular music as an entry point for developing student skills in textual analysis, reading comprehension, persuasive writing, and other ELA skills. Covering a wide range of genres, these lessons ask students to conduct poetic analysis of Bob Dylan lyrics, write press releases on controversial issues in Hip-Hop, and conduct in-class debates on musical censorship in Heavy Metal.  The collection includes two lessons built upon structured academic controversies surrounding female empowerment and cultural appropriation, as well as two lessons built on the analysis of archival documents related to Native American issues.