This lesson plan is structured in three sections
1. Section one is a "Hook".
*The Hook is "Is it Shakespeare? Or is it a Hip-Hop artist?" Game.
Students will be read a quote and must vote with their hands if they think it was Shakespeare, or a rap artist who said it. The point in the game is to excite kids with musicians of today that they love, while at the same time giving them a clear argument that rap is poetry.
2. Section two is a quick teaching of the History of Harriet Tubman.
* Students learn about Harriet Tubman and her life. Other videos, or teachings about her could be added to this lesson plan if you choose.
3. Section three is "The Big Skill"
*Students will be asked to write a rap about Harriet Tubman using all Figurative Language concepts. Each slide has a three minute timer set in the slideshow for you. Each Three minute timer will give students the time to write one line for their rap whether it be using Alliteration, Assonance, Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Etc.
4. Section four is the performance.
* It is suggested an instrumental Hip-Hop beat of your choice is played. Students will share their raps/poems to a partner or to the class about Harriet Tubman.
This lesson plan integrates poetry, creative writing, American history, genre, and performing.
Note: You could change Harriet Tubman to a different figure of American history that the students are currently learning at your school.