History of Hip Hop and Rap Music Reading Passage Activities

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Are you looking for Hip Hop history reading activities? You just found them!

Based on our Hip Hop History: Eras of Rap song, these activities will keep your students' attention using song lyrics as reading passages while they practice a variety of reading skills! Easily incorporate these into independent activities or complete them together as a class lesson.

Students will listen to the song then use the song's lyrics as a reading passage to complete the activities detailed below.

These activities are:

- no prep to save you time,

- super simple and easy to use,

- with a high-interest reading passage based on a rap song!

The song for these activities explores how four eras of rap music developed between the 1970s and the 2000s. Students will learn about the distinct features of the eras of rap, what influenced them, and how they uniquely progressed throughout history in a kid-friendly and appropriate reading passage.

Listen to the song with subtitles here! (Click here if you have trouble viewing the video.)

Listen to the song on TpT here!

Teach reading skills to your students in a way that they will enjoy!

Kids love music and will certainly enjoy learning about the history of rap music while practicing important reading skills such as making inferences and identifying synonyms and antonyms using song lyrics.

A variety of reading activities with the answer keys!

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

- the song lyrics for use as a reading passage

- a timeline activity

- a sequencing graphic organizer activity

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

- 11 multiple-choice, context clues questions using words from the song lyrics with the answer key

- 10 multiple-choice, making inferences questions based on the song lyrics with the answer key,

- a "Turn and Talk" activity that challenges students to infer what the next era of rap or their favorite genre of music may be

- 14 multiple-choice, synonyms questions using words from the song lyrics with the answer key,

- 14 multiple-choice, antonyms questions using words from the song lyrics with the answer key

- a brief lesson on syllables and tips on how to count them in words,

- 14 "How many syllables?" questions where students will listen to and read the song lyrics to determine how many syllables are in specific words from the song,

- 12 "Syllable hunt!" questions where students will read through the song lyrics finding words that have 1, 2, 3, and 4 syllables and write them in the corresponding columns,

- 12 "Divide the syllables" questions where students will separate words that they have found into their syllabic parts,

- "Syllables on Beast Mode!" challenge activity where students will find a rare 5 syllable word in the song lyrics and write it correctly separated into its syllabic parts.

You can also get the self-grading, Google Forms reading activities for this bundle here!

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.

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Total Pages
40 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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