Study of the Rap song ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by Illawarra Rapper DOBBY (Rhyan Clapham)

Lesson overview

Learning Area:History – English – The Arts
Age Group:Secondary Middle


EN5-1A – A student: › responds to and composes increasingly sophisticated and sustained texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure.

EN5-7D – A student: › understands and evaluates the diverse ways texts can represent personal and public worlds.

EN5-8D – A student: › questions, challenges and evaluates cultural assumptions in texts and their effects on meaning.


This resource allows students to explore problematic knowledge and engage deeply in a text that links to Australian history as well as contemporary socio-political events. The subject matter allows students to connect rich texts to relevant contemporary world issues. Students also question and challenge cultural assumptions and examine how song lyrics provide a voice to minority groups to challenge these assumptions.​