How to Write a Rap Unit - Song Form, Figurative Language, Imagery, Poetry, Music

How to Write a Rap Unit - Song Form, Figurative Language, Imagery, Poetry, Music
How to Write a Rap Unit - Song Form, Figurative Language, Imagery, Poetry, Music
How to Write a Rap Unit - Song Form, Figurative Language, Imagery, Poetry, Music
How to Write a Rap Unit - Song Form, Figurative Language, Imagery, Poetry, Music
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This is a 30+ page workbook covering the basics of writing a rap (or any kind of song lyrics). It includes an extension/optional resource for creating your own beats to accompany your lyrics, but it is NOT a step-by-step music composition unit-- just lyrics.

This can be used as part of a music course or an ELA course! (Or maybe even adapt the song themes to a different content area-- history raps, anyone?) It would go really well in conjunction with a poetry unit in ELA, or a music technology or music composition unit in music!

Please note: to use this workbook/unit, you will benefit from having access to YouTube to play the many songs mentioned, and your students will NEED access to a thesaurus and rhyme dictionary (both can be found online), as well as either magazines or a web search engine (for images for the imagery activity).

Table of Contents:
-Part 1: Background Knowledge
--Song Building Blocks Information (Verse, etc)
--Listening Worksheet: Identifying Song Parts
--Figurative Language Definitions and Examples
--Figurative Language Brainstorming worksheet
--Figurative Language Identification activity (identify examples from included lyrics)
--Common song topics and thematic guidelines (what goes in each verse, etc)
-Part 2: Brainstorming
--Topic Selection
--Guided mind-mapping worksheet
--Imagery worksheet/activity
--Cinquain worksheet/activity
--Generating word list worksheet/activity (synonyms, related words, rhyming words)
-Part 3: The Writing Process
--Writing the Chorus
--Writing the Verses
--Writing the Bridge
--Writing optional extra sections
--Choosing a form / order for your lyrics and piecing it together into a song
Extension resource included for creating a back beat.

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How to Write a Rap by Niamh Ann Stapleton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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35 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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