Using Hip-Hop To Bring Social Awareness Into The Art Room

Using Hip-Hop to Bring Social Awareness into the Art Room

“They say I gotta learn, but nobody’s here to teach me. If they can’t understand it, how can they reach me?” - Coolio As an art instructor in the south, I try to reach my students where they’re at, using what they love. At our school in Knoxville, Tennessee, we have a big population of students who love rap music. So when I came across Flocabulary at an Arts Integration Conference some years back, I couldn’t help but feel it would be well-received. I want my students to have a direct connection to and an interest in what they learn, and…

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Julius Caesar Rap in a Quick Minute

Better than Flocab? Have any students who listen to one of our songs and say, "not bad, but I could do better"? Well, three such students at Lindenwold High School in New Jersey heard "Three Times," our version of Marc Antony's famous speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and decided to take the challenge. So Booshon, John, and Kyle spent a weekend writing and recording their version of the famous speech. The result is pretty incredible. Lyrics: Friends, lend me your ear for a quick minute! Romans, lend me your ear for a quick minute! Countrymen, lend me your ear for…

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  • February 13, 2009

Hip-Hop vs. America – Critical Thinking Lesson for High School

Earlier this week, a blogger in Virginia named Gloria Brogdon sent us a lesson plan that helps students think critically about the history of hip-hop and make their arguments in a video project. The best part of this lesson is the video students are asked to watch -BET's comprehensive documentary on the history, the culture and the issues. Below, you can check out Part 1 of the four-part series. On Gloria's blog - Conversations on Hip-Hop - you can view the other videos and read the complete lesson.

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