Great small-group activity to "wrap" up the year for your 4th-6th graders. Video example included. Based on the 2014 standards and also includes the 1997 standards for music, this activity encourages students to use higher level thinking skills as they compose, analyze, and perform their own raps.
Little to no materials/resources are necessary for this activity to be a HUGE success. Your students will thoroughly enjoy working together.
Students will learn and demonstrate the difference between a rap and reciting/chanting a poem. Students will demonstrate the importance of keeping a beat in the rap genre. Students will discover that composers of any music usually draw from life experiences. Students will be encouraged to draw from their own life experiences to compose their own raps.
A rubric is included for evaluation and critique.