Designed for ease of use for both students and teachers, this 17 lesson unit seeks to guide learners through extended understandings of symbolism, metaphors, narrative structure and increasingly complex rhyming patterns. With two Master's Degrees in Literacy and after 10 years of trialling in the cl
This lesson bundle covers New Imperialism (Unit 7 through APClassroom but Unit 8 in my classroom). I utilized poetry analysis to connect with students using contemporary artist, Lupe Fiasco's "All Black Everything." The song analysis is followed by an overview of New Imperialism within the context o
This is a powerpoint containing a series of 30 writing prompts I came up during a unit on hip hop and poetry I taught recently. The slides contain some drawings that I did of key figures in hip hop (and proto hip hop). A few of the slides refer to photos that are not present; I have deleted these si
This is a series of project-based learning ideas which were inspired when I thought about influencing students to use 21st century skills in English class. There is some mention of a book called Hip Hop Family Tree, a graphic novel about the history of hip hop; we studied a few exerpts of this durin
This is one of 3 ppts I made for a poetry unit I was doing with 6ht graders. It has a fun Hip Hop or Shakespeare quiz as a warmup activity and then goes over literary devices, using hip hop songs for the examples.
Who wrote it: a hip-hop artist or a classical poet? Your students will have so much fun trying to decide whether the quote is from a poem or lyrics from a hip-hop song! You can use the interactive bulletin board display OR the student handout and presentation as an anticipatory set to ignite excitem
Want to hook your students on Harlem Renaissance poetry?! This engaging 10-question "quiz" challenges students to determine if lines are from hip hop lyrics or Harlem Renaissance poetry.
Your students will be stumped on these lines, which feature favorite poets like Langston Hughes and Countee Cull
Who wrote it: hip-hop rapper, songwriter, and Pulitzer-Prize winner Kendrick Lamar or The Bard himself, William Shakespeare? Your students will have so much fun trying to decide whether the quote is from a Shakespeare sonnet or lyrics from a Kendrick Lamar song! You can use the interactive bulletin
When teaching poetry or simply finding the correlation between language and popular culture, students often relate to their favorite hip hop and rap artists.
In this assignment, students have the opportunity here to create their own rap using the step by step exemplar and instructions. Exemplar a
This is my very popular Hip-Hop Poetry unit. It is heavily media focused - and it is recommended that you have speakers and access to the lyrics/poetry discussed. A projector for PowerPoint is good to have as well.In this 12-14 day unit, your students will discuss whether hip-hop is poetry, learn ab
Now over 30 slides! Available in Google Slides or PowerPoint) Updated, revised, expanded! Have your students write, learn and have FUN! A great way to introduce poetry to your classes by using rap music and hip hop! There is nothing offensive and you don't have to have ANY knowledge of rap music
This is an original PowerPoint that discusses the comparison between sonnets (particularly Shakespeare) and hip hop of the 20th century. This presentation gives overviews of sonnets and hip hop, the history of both, and several examples of each. Feel free to look up the songs on Youtube to play as
Are you looking for a fresh and exciting way to teach poetry to your high school students? This comprehensive unit plan teaches poetry through the lens of hip-hop music! This poetry unit meets all the learning goals of a standard "Shakespearian" poetry unit, but does so by creatively using the hip-h
Lesson includes a worksheet to go along with a linked Ted Talk, answer key, PowerPoint Presentation linking modern rap lyrics to iambic pentameter, and a worksheet linking modern rap lyrics to iambic pentameter. Full day's lesson (or two if you also have daily warm-up and silent reading time).
This fun PowerPoint uses sound effects, cool pictures, jokes, music, and text to teach tone versus mood. It culminates in a Venn diagram analysis of a hip-hop song and a poem by Anne Sexton. Students will be locked into the slides as you question them on the various tones and moods. This lesson i
Ready for a FUN, ENTERTAINING end of the year activity? This freebie includes 8 raps or poems about bugs! Favourites include"Snoop, Snaily Snail" and "Freddy Worm is a Dirt Digger". Photocopy each set back to front and then have students practice reading/rapping each poem. Then, each student must
Teachers, use this kid-appropriate hip-hop song for kids to teach the structural elements of poetry: rhyme scheme, meter, line break, stanza, etc. Download the mp3 and play the song for students. Then display the lyrics. Students can then work together to label the elements of poetry! Lots of fun!
In this unit, students will analyze a work from Shakespeare and a rap from 2Pac that contains similar themes. They will first analyze each text separately before drawing parallels between the two texts. This assignment is heavily scaffolded (making it accessible for a wide range of abilities levels
This is a CCLS aligned lesson that teaches students about the history and importance of Hip Hop culture and music in the U.S.. This lesson also asks students to evaluate whether or not Hip Hop History should be taught in schools. This lesson includes informational texts, guided reading questions,
This is a CCLS aligned lesson that teaches students the impact the Salt -N- Pape had on Hip Hop, History and feminist Culture om 1985 til present. This lesson includes informational texts, guided reading questions and critical thinking activities.Great for History, Music, Poetry. ELA, Women's Studie
High interest introduction to poetryShow students how rap and poetry go hand in handIncludes a worksheet with the ten rap verses and table for students to fill in with their guess: Did Shakespeare or a hip hop artist say it?After students complete their guesses, you can go through the presentation w
This worksheet reviews 10 basic poetic devices, and gives numerous examples from popular music. The 10 devices are: metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, repetition, and rhyme. Most of the example are from hip hop. I have found that this
Great TEDtalk video on the connections between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop.This engaging worksheet helps students understand the meter of Shakespeare as well as make a connection to modern-day Hip-Hop through poetry. This activity could also initiate a great discussion on inclusion and diversity.Video c