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Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangster

Lesson Plan: Decoding Financial Literacy, Work Ethic, and Success through Song Lyrics

Duration: 90 minutes

Target Audience: High school literacy students

Learning Objectives:

Understand the concepts of compassionate capitalism, immigrants, work ethic, and real-world politics.

Analyze the importance of financial planning, wise decision-making, and strategic partnerships for success.

Explore song lyrics to gain insights into work ethic, planning, and achieving success.

Recognize the opportunities and challenges immigrants face and the impact of politics on society.


Projector and screen

Whiteboard and markers

Printed copies of provided song lyrics

Grading rubric (see below)

Introduction (10 minutes):

Initiate a brief discussion on financial literacy and its significance in daily life.

Introduce key terms: compassionate capitalism, immigrants, work ethic, and real-world politics, linking them with financial literacy.

Clarify the connection between informed decision-making and achieving financial success.

Main Activities (60 minutes):

Exploring Key Concepts (15 minutes):

Offer definitions and examples for compassionate capitalism, immigrants, work ethic, and real-world politics.

Discuss how these concepts interplay with financial literacy.

Lyric Analysis Activity (20 minutes):

Organize students into small groups.

Distribute printed lyrics containing selected lines for analysis.

Instruct students to delve into the lyrics, reflecting on work ethic, planning, and decision-making portrayed in each line.

Have groups present their interpretations to the class.

Discussion and Application (25 minutes):

Facilitate a class discussion regarding the importance of financial planning, avoiding premature plan revelation, and making calculated choices.

Utilize song lyrics as illustrative examples.

Investigate how strategic thinking, adaptability, and intelligent decisions contribute to financial achievement.

Engage students in a dialogue about the responsibilities of elected officials towards citizens, drawing from the provided lyrics.

Conclusion (5 minutes):

Summarize the primary lessons learned, emphasizing the significance of financial literacy, prudent decision-making, and ethical considerations in accomplishing objectives.

Encourage students to integrate these insights into their lives.

Grading Rubric:

Criteria Excellent (5) Good (4) Satisfactory (3) Needs Improvement (2) Unsatisfactory (1)

Understanding of Key Concepts

Lyric Analysis and Interpretation

Participation in Class Discussion

Application of Concepts to Real-life Scenarios

Overall Presentation and Engagement

Selected Song Lyrics:

Lyric 1: "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta"

Lyric 2: "Feeding the poor and helping out with their bills"

Lyric 3: "Although I was born in Jamaica, now I'm in the U.S. making deals"

Lyric 4: "Gangstas - come in all shapes and colors"

Lyric 5: "Real gangsta- don't talk much"

Lyric 6: "Getting voted into the White House, everything lookin' good to the people of the world"


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