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Song Lessons: You Gotta Be

Des'ree's song "You Gotta Be" is used to model for language learners the forms that can be used to express necessity (must, have to, have got to). After examining the grammar in the song, the attention switches to a discussion of the advice Des'ree offers about life.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Play the audio and/or video of Des'ree's performance
Classroom Considerations

  • The first in a series of 10 ESL/ELD lessons that use songs to teach a grammar fundamental

  • The lyrics are attached
  • The after-listening discussion asks class members to consider their own philosophy of life and the things that are important to them

  • None
Included Materials

  • "You Gotta Be"