Using Tupac Shakur's poem, "The Rose That Grew From Concrete", students will practice identifying and analyzing the two essential metaphors (rose, concrete) from Tupac's piece. While this poem is short, it challenges the students to think critically about what the metaphors in Shakur's poem represent from his life. In my classes, I usually read the poem to the students once as a class. You can also find an audio recording of the poem on YouTube, which is fun for the students because it allows them to hear Tupac's voice. Then, I have the students work in pairs to reread the poem, identify the two key metaphors and then explain the meaning of each.