These are the instructions given to me…
You are to select a song that is being a teenager in high school. I chose “ smokin in the boys room” by Brownsville. Then you will compose an essay that explicated the song to decipher the speakers attitudes toward school and how those attitudes may be unique to a particular period of time. Thus the focus of your essay will include:
1. Give a brief history of the decade of song. What social trends were occurring when the song was written?
2. Explicate the images and ideas of the song by examining particular lines and phrases within the song. What cultural values are being promoted in the lyrics?
3. What does this song say of the era? Do you feel it goes along with or against the time period ?
In conclusion examine how much personally you agree or disagrees with this song. Does the speaker reflect your attitudes and observations about high school?