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					                                                                    VH1 Driven: Kanye West
                                                                            VH1 Music Studio
                                                                          Cable in the Classroom

                                                                Lesson for Music Classes, Grades 7-12
                                                                             Lesson 1




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trayed, to substance abuse, violent acts, and topics of a sexual and/or political nature. Because this may be considered inappropriate
for classroom use in some communities, you are encouraged to review the programs before presenting them to your students, and if
necessary, choose those sections that enhance your lesson and are acceptable for use in your classroom.




   Objectives
  • Students will be able to understand the life and biography of Kanye West.
  • Students will be able to draw connections between their own lives and the life of Kanye West.
  • Students will be able to compose a rap in the style of Kanye West using his song “Through the Wire” as an
    example.

National Standards:
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
 Materials
• VHS VCR Player
• Television
• Audio playback equipment
• VH1 Driven: Kanye West
• Recording of “Through the Wire” (available through iTunes or on Kanye West’s The College Dropout album)
• PC/MAC with speakers or CD Player
• Students copies of the Lyricsheet “Through the Wire” (provided below)
• Student copies of the Pre-writing Worksheet (provided below)
• Pencils




 Procedures
1. Play the VH1 Driven: Kanye West video in its entirety.

2. After the video, lead a short class discussion about the life of Kanye West. What stood out in the video?
   What is something new that you learned about Kanye?

3. “Through the Wire” became the turning point in Kanye’s career. Kanye uses this song to share his story with
   the world. Distribute the “Through the Wire” Lyricshet (below) and give students a few minutes to read the
   lyrics.

4. After the initial reading, allow the students five minutes to review the lyrics and take notes on how Kanye
   shared his life story.

5. Play the song “Through The Wire.”

6. Use the following questions to lead a short discussion about what the students found in the song lyrics:

• When Kanye talks about the wire, is he being figurative, literal, or both? Why?
• What is Kanye trying to express during the chorus?
• Verse one and two are to the point. Underline some of the lines that were also addressed in the video, VH1
  Driven: Kanye West.

7. Distribute the Pre-writing Worksheet (below) and quickly review the questions. This worksheet can be part
   of the class work or given as homework.

Supplemental Resources:
• “Through the Wire” lyrics obtained from: www.lyrics007.com
National Standards for Music Education

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
“Through the Wire” Lyricsheet


Yo G they can’t stop me from rapping can they?
Can they, huh?

[Chorus:]
Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you, I’d gladly risk it all
Through the fire, through whatever come what may
For a chance at loving you, I’d take it all away
Right down through the wire, even through the fire

I spit it through the wire man
To much stuff on my heart right now man
I’ll gladly risk it all right now
It’s a life or death situation man
Y’all don’t really understand how I feel right now man
It’s your boy Kanye to the....
Chi-Town what’s going on man

[Verse 1:]
I drink a boost for breakfast, and ensure for dizzert
Somebody ordered pancakes I just sip the sizzurp
That right there could drive a sane man bizzerk
Not to worry y’ll Mr. H 2 the Izzo’s back to wizzerk
How do you console my mom or give her light support
When you telling her your sons’ on life support
And just imagine how my girl feel
On the plane scared as hell that her guy look like Emitt Till
She was with me before the deal she been trying to be mine
She a delta so she been throwing them Dynasty signs
No use me tryin’ to be lyin’
I been trying to signed
Trying to be a millionaire
How I use two lifelines
In the same hospital where Biggie Smalls died
The doctor said I had blood clots
But I ain’t Jamaican man
Story on MTV and I ain’t trying to make the band
I swear this right here is history in the making man

[Chorus]

I really apologize how I sound right now man
If it’s unclear at all, man
They got my mouth wired shut for like I don’t know the doctor said for like six weeks
You know we had reconstru....
I had reconstructive surgery on my jaw
Looked in the mirror half my jaw was in the back of my mouth man
You know we had reconstru....
I had reconstructive surgery on my jaw
Looked in the mirror half my jaw was in the back of my mouth man
I couldn’t believe it
But im still here for yall right now yo
This is what I gotta say yo
Yeah, turn me up yeah

[Verse 2:]
What if somebody from the Chi was ill got a deal on the hottest rap label around
But he wasn’t talking bout coke and birds it was more like spoken word
Except he really putting it down
And he explained the story about how blacks came from glory
And what we need to do in the game
Good dude, Bad night, Right place, Wrong time
In the blink of an eye his whole life changed
If you could feel how my face felt you would know how Mase felt
Thank God I ain’t to cool for the safe belt
I swear to God drive two on the sue
I got lawyer for the case to keep whats in my safe; safe
My dawgs couldn’t tell if I
I look Tom Cruise on Vanilla Sky, it was televised
All they heard was that I was in an accident like GEICO
They thought I was burnt up like Pepsi did Michael
I must gotta angel
Cause look how death missed his a**
Unbreakable, would you thought they called me Mr. Glass
Look back on my life like the ghost of Christmas past
Toys R Us where I used to spend that Christmas cash
And I still wont grow up, I’m a grown a** kid
Swear I should be locked up for stupid s*** that I did
But I’m a champion, so I turned tragedy to triumph
Make music that’s fire, spit my soul through the wire

[Chorus]

Know what im saying
When the doctor told me I had a um.. I was goin to have a plate on my chin
I said dawg don’t you realize I’ll never make it on the plane now
Its bad enough I got all this jewelry on
Can’t be serious man
“Through the Wire”
Pre-writing Worksheet

Kanye West was able to overcome many obstacles in his life and one thing remained constant, his love for
  music. In writing “Through the Wire,” Kanye told his story.

What is your story?


1. Kanye’s dream was to be a rapper. What is your dream? (Don’t be afraid to list more than one.)
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2. In your pursuit of this dream, what obstacles have you faced along the way?
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3. What obstacles could you see facing in the future?
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4. How will you prove the world wrong?

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These standards-based materials are provided through a partnership with MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
  This lesson plan was created by MENC member Bonnie H. Capes, Brooks Crossing Elementary School, Monmouth Junction, NJ.

				
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