The authors of this article explain why music is an effective tool to use to teach ELA and provide substantial research to back this claim up. In addition, the article explains the effect music has on the brain and how this effect further encourages learning literacy through music. Looking beyond this article, this website provides many songs that can be used to teach various concepts.
The teacher in this video does an amazing job of not only using music to teach literary terms and reading but also appealing to auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles. Her students are very engaged in their learning while she teachers crucial ELA, listening, speaking and music skills.
Lyrics can be a form of literature. In this article, a teacher explains how using music motivates her students to become engaged in ELA. She provides lessons and actual examples of what activities she does with her students that incorporate music into her ELA lessons. You will find the lessons very creative and easily adaptable to your own classroom.