This song is a really useful focus point for talking about the themes of injustice and racisim. It's quite political and some of the ideas in it are high level, so it's probably better suited for just Y6.
It would also probably be a good idea to explain some of the cultural references in the lyrics, 'land of the free' for example.
Here are some questions to go with the song:
1) Find a synonym, in the text, for the word 'incarceration'. (1 mark)
2) Does the singer believe that he lives in the 'Land of the Free'? Use evidence to support your answer (3 marks)
3) Who are the 'People who just want the same things we do'? Use evidence to show how you know (2 marks)
4) Explain why the author has chosen to include the phrase 'I'm standing, crying'. (1 mark)
5) If you 'grow up looking over both your shoulders', what does that suggest about the way you feel? (1 mark)
6) Which people mentioned in the song lyrics are not orginally from 'The Land of the Free'? (1 mark)
7) What does the singer think is wrong in the 'Land of the Free'? Use evidence to support your answer (3 marks).
Extension: you could also use this song to get children thinking about injustices that they would like to correct. This could lend itself to some really nice persuasive writing.
Click here for a link to the lyrics.