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How Flocabulary Selects Stories for the Week in Rap

Every Friday morning, teachers find a shiny new Week in Rap or Week in Rap Junior announcement sitting in their inbox. Our weekly current events units are a favorite among Flocabulary users, and we hear (and see!) lots of excitement from teachers and students every week.

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?:

  • International
  • National
  • Science and technology
  • Youth-related
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Human interest

Headlines Meet Hip-Hop.

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If you’d like to learn more, you can check out our Week in Rap Extra unit on our creative process behind the Week in Rap.

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.

Emily Gover

Emily helps lead up Flocabulary's content marketing and community efforts. Outside of the Flocab office, she can be found listening to podcasts, watching Scrubs for the nth time in a row, blogging, traveling, tweeting, or belting out karaoke. She is fluent in memes and gifs, and her favorite Flocab video is "Dracula Junior."

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