One question we get asked a lot is, “How do you select the stories you cover in the Week in Rap or the Week in Rap Junior?” In our continued efforts to remain transparent about our approach and process behind all of our Week in Rap units, we wanted to share some updates on our selection process.
To that end, when searching for stories to cover, we look for stories that:
Sparking meaningful discussion and critical thought.
Will a story provide an opportunity for a rich classroom discussion that involves critical thinking?
Relate to learning standards.
Does a story relate to something a student is already learning, or will learn about, in school?
Relate to students’ lives.
Is the story either about young people or about school? Can students relate to or react to the story? Could it have some effect on their lives or the lives of their family or peers?
Are major news items.
Is this story a major news item that most students are expected to know about or understand?
Offer a glimpse at the wider world.
Does the story offer students an understanding of something different about the world that they may not know about? Does it help us provide a mix of stories in these areas?:
- Science and technology
- Human interest
Looking for more information on the Week in Rap? You can learn about the differences between the Week in Rap and Week in Rap Junior through our help pages. As always, if you have any questions or feedback for us, shoot us an email.