Fun End of Year ELA Activities for Middle School

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7th - 9th, Homeschool
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Pop culture history + rap songs = fun end of year ELA activities for middle school.

Agree? Then this is just for you!

Based on rap songs about pop-culture history, these activities will keep your students engaged using song lyrics as reading passages while they review important reading skills.

- easily incorporate them into independent activities,

- complete them together as a class lesson,

- and use them throughout the new school year to introduce reading skills in a unique and fun way!

Students will listen to the songs then use the song lyrics as reading passages to complete the activities detailed below.

These activities are:

- no prep,

- super simple and easy to use,

- high-interest reading passages based on rap songs

- specially selected to interest middle-school students with a diverse range of pop-culture topics.

Listen to the songs with subtitles on YouTube using the links below! (Click here if you have trouble viewing the videos.)

- the Black Panther superhero, problem and solution parody

- the history of the Black Panther superhero comicbook

- "Hamilton vs. History," exploring the real life of Hamilton compared to the musical

- the history of the Hip-Hop Dance "breaking," commonly called "breakdancing"

- the history of NBA players Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, and Allen Iverson

*Click here if you have trouble viewing the videos.

You and your students had a long year - do something different!

Have fun during your last few weeks of school with these reading activities. These activities use rap songs to teach important reading skills in an engaging way through pop-culture topics.

This bundle includes everything listed below. Click the product links above for more details.

- the lyrics for each song for use as a reading passage

- multiple-choice, context clues questions for defining content-vocabulary words in the song with the answer key

- multiple-choice, synonyms questions with the answer key

- multiple-choice, antonyms questions with the answer key

- multiple-choice, nonfiction vs. fiction questions with the answer key for the Black Panther history song

- multiple-choice, making inferences questions with the answer key for the Hip Hop history song

- 6 multiple-choice, figurative vs. literal language questions based on the song lyrics with the answer key for the "Hamilton vs. History" song

- 6 multiple-choice, identify the meaning of figurative sentences questions based on the song lyrics with the answer key

- brief explanations of what character traits are for the "Hamilton vs. History" song

- a character traits graphic organizer, writing activity

- a word bank of adjectives to help students describe the characters in the songs

- 7 multiple-choice, character traits questions based on the song lyrics with the answer

- a compare and contrast, graphic organizer

- multiple-choice, compare and contrast questions with the answer key

- a compare and contrast text-structure, paragraph writing activity with a word bank of transitional words

- a main idea and supporting details, graphic organizer writing activity

- multiple-choice, identify the main idea questions with the answer key

- multiple-choice, identify the supporting details questions with the answer key

- a "Main Idea on Beast Mode!" challenge activity where students will identify the main idea of the entire song using their main idea and supporting details graphic organizer

- "Turn and Talk" activities based on the song lyrics

- a sequencing graphic organizer activity

- a sequential paragraph, writing activity with a word bank of transitional words

- a timeline graphic organizer activity

- multiple-choice, problem and solution questions based on the Black Panther, problem and solution parody song with the answer key

- a problem and solution, graphic organizer activity for identifying problems and solutions in the song lyrics

- a problem and solution, paragraph writing activity

- a creative writing activity in which the Black Panther superhero challenges students to think of solutions to real-world problems.

Hasn't this already been done? There are TONS of educational songs out there, but none of them are fully integrated into reading activities based on the song lyrics. With Rap Opera for Kids, when the music stops, the learning doesn't.

Get this bundle now and be ready to have an awesome end of the year with your students!

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