I didn't invent the concept, but I perfected it for my use. When I began, I had a hard time getting ALL my readers to read the lyrics of the song. I played it out loud and asked each to read the words. I got maybe 60 percent participation. After a year of failed attempts to get EVERYONE reading the "projects" as I called them, I decided to try something new. I left out a word every three lines or so and asked them to fill them in as they listened. I made it a competition and declared those who got 'em all filled in my "lyrics masters." They earned skittles (which were universally loved) for completion. At the end of the skittles ceremony, I announced that it was legal to steal and copy answers and that they could get up out of their seats and run to the nearest lyrics master to so. It was kaos for a few moments but they loved it. Little did they know that this was a teaching strategy called collaboration and was actually recommended by the school. Here's a copy of part of one of those projects:
1. It must have been cold there in my *__ __ __ __ __ __,
to never have sunlight on your face.
__ __ __ were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.
2. So I was the one with all the __ __ __ __ __,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face __ __ __ __ __ __ __ a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.
Afterwards I asked them to share out their thoughts about the story in the song. Then the questions began. This is how I tested their comprehension. I had 10-15 questions about the meaning of the song that they had to answer. This was their test.
They loved these things, but alas, after awhile, the school demanded that I use only school approved materials to teach. We had to go back to bored, disinterested readers who only pretended to read and couldn't comprehend.
Part of the reason I decided to retire early.