Learning Event 3: Read and annotate The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur. Think about how the author describes his identity and wishes in the text.
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared. – Tupac Shakur
Today for our #walkmyworld project and as part of our literacy program 1KB explored the poem ‘The Rose That Grew from Concrete’ by Tupac Shakur. To respond to Learning Event 3 and understand the poem the children needed to learn more about the poet. They discovered that he grew up in a very poor area in a city and that his neighbourhood consisted of concrete buildings with no gardens. He was a boy who had dreams to be a singer and poet. The class also decided that the rose in the poem was actually him. Ben said that the moral of the poem was to “Stay safe so you can live and stick to your dreams.” The children then responded by visualising what Tupac’s or their ‘rose’ might look like. Where would it be growing? What colour would it be? Would it have thorns or would the stem be smooth? Would it be in a concrete city or green garden, or both? It was wonderful to see the class engage with the poem and they finished by presenting their visual response to the whole class.