“The Rose that Grew from Concrete”

Prompt- Analysis: Copy and paste this poem from Tupac Shakur and analyze it.  What is he trying to teach in this poem? What does the rose symbolize?  What is his tone towards his subject?

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“The Rose that Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk without 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.


 What is he trying to teach in this poem? I think Tupac Shakur was trying to teach that even if someone grew up in a bad area or even with a bad background they shouldn’t let people tell them they can’t do something. Even if what they’re trying to do is unusual for someone with their background, they don’t need to go by what is expected. Even  though no one really cares about them. The “rose” should just continue to follow its dreams because good things can come out from it.

 What does the rose symbolize? The rose symbolizes a person that comes from a bad place. Although, the rose is someone that is good. I think that the rose is a remarkable person.

What is his tone towards his subject? I think his tone towards the subject of the poem is sympathetic. I think this because if he wasn’t sympathetic or caring about this subject he probably wouldn’t write about this subject. But instead, he wrote about this subject and recognized situations that others have.




PSSA Opinions

Prompt- Opinion: The PSSAs are next week.  Write a blog expressing your feelings about the PSSAs and standardized testing.  What do you predict will be a strength for you this year? What do you predict will be a weakness for you this year?

The PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) are next week, and I’m actually excited about them. I mean we get a free bottle of water and a free snack in the morning. Plus, for me PSSAs aren’t too hard. If anything, it feels like less work than an actual school day. I think my strength for the PSSAs will be reading the passage and answering the questions about the passage because I just got a sampler of that part of the PSSAs and I got 100% on it. So, I’m feeling better about that part of the PSSAs. I think my weaknesses this year will be correctly explaining the TDAs (Text Dependent Analysis) and the math written responses. Although, I’m not sure if I’ll do better in reading or in math. For the PSSAs I’m going to do my best and hopefully get an advanced score.

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