Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs

Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
Editing and Proofreading Worksheets with Passages Using Black History Songs
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Students will learn to edit and proofread texts using a variety of grammar and punctuation skills as specified by the included proofreading and editing checklist.

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Would you like to integrate Black History Month into your editing and proofreading lessons?

Rap songs are your answer!

Even in music and on social media platforms like YouTube, editing and proofreading skills are essential for success! Use these editing and proofreading passages based on history rap songs to show this to your students. These activities challenge students to edit and proofread rough drafts of song lyrics to be used in practical, real-world scenarios like in video subtitles and in classroom activities. Any aspiring rappers, songwriters, or social media in your class will love these activities!

Listen to the songs with subtitles on YouTube using the links below!

Cover a variety of Black history figures and topics in an engaging way!

- the history of Hip Hop and rap music

- the early life of abolitionist, Frederick Douglass

- the history of the Black Panther, superhero comic

- the truth behind Comicbook Women and Warrior Women in History

- and the life and contributions of George Washington Carver

- and the history of the Jazz Age

Teach editing and proofreading skills to your students in a way that they will enjoy!

Kids love music and will certainly enjoy using these passages based on songs to practice editing and proofreading skills. These passages use the original scripts for song performance and contain practical examples of casual English contractions (gonna, wanna) and alternative punctuation and spelling for performance purposes. Easily incorporate them into independent activities or complete them together as a class lesson.

Everything included in this bundle is listed below:

- the lyrics for each song

- links to the songs for free (see below)

- the lyrics written in formal English for reference when grading

- a proofreading checklist for student use.

*Note: We recommend uploading the documents for this activity to Google Classroom and then converting them to Google Docs for students to edit. Watch this video to learn how! Also, remember to delete the formal lyrics at the end of the document if you choose this option.

How to use these activities:

*Choose a skill to focus on for your lesson or choose from our proofreading checklist. Reuse the song lyrics when you are ready to add a new proofreading focus.

- Explain to students that editing and proofreading are practical, real-world skills. Emphasize that ALL of their favorite singers, rappers, writers, movies, shows, YouTubers, and other social media influencers use editing ad proofreading in some capacity.

- Introduce the activity prompt which will help to emphasize the practicality of the lesson. (The students work at a writing agency and have been contracted by Rap Opera for Kids to edit and proof its song lyrics.) Emphasize that the lyrics they are editing are for performance purposes and reflect how words are said and are not written formally.

- Explain any necessary details that they will need to know based on your lesson and the learning standards being addressed.

- Review examples of the corrections to be made based on the skill that you selected.

- Provide students with the performance version of the song lyrics (and lined paper if necessary). Have them listen to the selected song while following along with the lyrics. *Note: If listening to the songs on YouTube, you may want to turn off the subtitles to ensure that students are making their own corrections.

- Have students correct the lyrics based on the checklist points that you selected.

  • Students may rewrite the lyrics with the corrections or use a proofreading mark system that you choose.
  • We recommend having students complete the activity in groups of two or three. Assigning sections of the song lyrics helps to distribute the work fairly.
  • Have students check each others' work and share ideas about corrections.

- Review using the formal written lyrics or provide your own edited example.

Get this bundle now to keep your students engaged with reading!

*Note: Rap Opera for Kids adheres to the APA style guide with reference to the capitalization of racial and ethnic groups when they are designated by proper nouns. (APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, 3.14, p. 75.) Therefore, the words "Black" and "White" are always capitalized in our texts when they refer to people groups as in the case of the words "Asian, Latino," and "Native American."

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By The Come Up Show from Canada - Lauryn Hill June 21, 2014 @ Sound Academy (Toronto), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46951298

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By Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass

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Spell correctly.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use punctuation to separate items in a series.
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
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