Teach Argument With Khalid’s Young, Dumb & Broke

Khalid’s hit song, “Young, Dumb & Broke” presents what seems to be a relatively straightforward message — but when considered through multiple rhetorical frames (…who, exactly, is the speaker — and who, exactly, is he speaking to… and what, exactly, is he trying to accomplish… and is it a coincidence that this “argument” is being posed just in time for graduation season?), we find a complex text to unpack and analyze!  Use “Young, Dumb & Broke” to teach the rhetorical triangle, close reading, and rhetorical analysis!

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Lesson Features

Grades 9 - 12
Focus Close reading; rhetorical analysis; multiple speakers/audiences; synthesis

Lesson Description

Here’s what you can expect from this awesome lesson bundle!

  • First, a series of rhetorical frames (different speaker and audience combinations) to provide students with different lenses by which they can analyze message and purpose.
  • An opportunity for students to use multiple lenses (considered as part of the first learning task) in conducting a close reading of the lyrics, formatted for line-by-line analysis.
  • A guided rhetorical analysis with questions to accompany each line of the argument — designed to promote analytical thinking and discussion.
  • A synthesis task that prompts students to compare and contrast the rhetoric at work in Khalid’s “Young, Dumb & Broke” to that of Macklemore and Kesha’s “Good Old Days.”

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