Contrary to popular belief, rap is a highly structured and sophisticated form of both poetry and music. Because of its contemporary appeal it is a natural way to encourage a love of poetry and poetic devices with middle and secondary students. In addition, its inherent structure serves as a scaffold for English language learners. This learning package includes a clear explanation of this genre as well as specific instructions on how to use rap to engage your students. Student handouts are provided, as well as a sample activity with an answer key.