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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Poems

Comparing three songs with symbolic meanings about the past, present and future

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Listen to “Yesterday” by the Beatles, “Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins, and “Tomorrow” from the Annie soundtrack, and fill in your graphic organizer.

Think about what each song is saying about the past, the present and the future. How does each of the three concepts symbolically represent a bigger message? What ideas and words stuck out as you listened? Did anything remind you of your own experience? What do these songs, or society in general tell us about how we should approach the past, the present and the future? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Once you have heard the three artists’ points of view and explored your own perspective, you will choose a character from the novel you are reading and write a piece from their perspective. How do they view or feel about their past, present and future? What can we learn from their choices, successes and failures?

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