This prompt was created for my AP English Language and Composition class. It was based on a synthesis prompt from Cliff's Study Guide, but I modernized it and didn't use the outdated sources because so much has changed in the world of Hip Hop. Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize! Jay-Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! This prompt asks the students the extent to which Hip Hop has influenced American culture and more.
I chose to write it as a free-response prompt because my students for the most part have great knowledge about this subject and I wanted to use this prompt as a morale booster for Question 3 on the AP exam. My students often struggle with coming up with connections and evidence to support their assertions, and this prompt topic was very accessible for them.
This prompt would also be good for Pre-AP classes or any high school class that covers argument and persuasion. This prompt could also be used as the starting point for a synthesis or research project where students find credible sources to support their argument.