Practice with Synthesis: Hip-Hop as an American Art Form

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British rapper Akala, in his TED TALK (which is part of this unit) expressed that when the album “Wu Tang Forever “ came out, listeners from all music genres finally united. Hip Hop became a global phenomenon!

These lessons examine the concept of Hip-Hop as a true American Art form. An NPR story explains the phenomenon of the Wu Tang clan. A Ted Talk by Akala compares Shakespeare and Hip-hop, as well as the origins of hip-hop. A link is provided to a couple of hip-hop videos by the Wu Tang Clan and a live performance by Outkast. In a This I Believe segment, “a white girl born and raised in the whitest conditions” explains how she came to love and appreciate hip hop as a life saver.

In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. An assessment synthesis essay from either having access to the 3rd Edition of Cliff’s AP English Language and Composition book or by going to a link of the book is used which also has a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. The essay serves as excellent synthesis preparation. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.

Tags: AP English Language, hip-hop, Wu Tang Clan, argument, Socratic Seminar, Outkast, American Literature, Common Core, This I Believe, Ted Talks, African American culture, NPR, non-fiction, William Shakespeare
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Practice with Synthesis: Hip-Hop as an American Art Form
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