Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Keep Ya Head Up

We finished with a listen to one of my favorite pep talk songs, "Keep ya Head Up," Tupac's shout out to the ladies on "Welfare" and those who have it a little better. We looked at the first stanza and identified the thesis, which was stated. we sort of ran into it literally as we highlighted specific verses that we deemed important. Felt like we were annotating the entire song :-) and then there it was, the thesis.

We stopped and began to develop thesis sentences or arguments in the remaining 3 minutes.

Here are the notes:

Thesis: And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?

Topics addressed in the song:
Single parenting
Disrespect of women by men
low self-esteem
poverty – economic, soul poverty—keep ya head up, Tupac as Cheer Leader

Sample thesis sentences
In the song “Keep Ya Head Up” by Tupac Shakur, featuring Jadakiss, he talks about how women are very important in society.

Keep ya head Up is a song for any woman who is questioning her value and self-worth.

Keep Ya Head Up explains that men should respect women.

Keep Ya Head Up

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