Taylor Swift: pop stars and influence

How influential is American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift? And does the "Taylor Swift effect" give her more responsibility than others to do good in the world?


A recent survey found that 18% of American voters said they were more likely to vote for a candidate supported by Swift. Alongside her sway on politics, Swift continues to have an impact on other global issues, including climate change, sport and the economy.

Use this one-hour Headline lesson to help your students:

  • Explore the influence of celebrities on society
  • Discuss the impact of Taylor Swift
  • Debate the responsibility of influential celebrities

This lesson develops the following skill:


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