Lesson Plan: Writing Academic Raps

* How To Write Vocabulary Rhymes * Many students say that memorizing vocabulary words is a struggle, so we designed a simple lesson plan to help students learn, master and retain difficult vocabulary by writing a rhyme. This exercise can be done while a beat is playing (free beats are available here) or without music. Step 1. Choose Your Vocab Word and Pre-teach In this case, let’s use the word vain – an SAT-level vocabulary word that students might have to grapple with as early as middle school. A.    Teach the word and the definition: Vain (adj.) too proud, into…

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Edgar Allan Poe… Rapped.

To honor Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday, Flocabulary produced two music videos. A perfect supplement when covering the great poet and author, these videos underscore the parallels that exist throughout centuries of American art. Poe is Hip-Hop. Enjoy! First, in "The Pit and the Pendulum," an isolated prisoner recounts his horrific tale of captivity and torture: . Meanwhile, in "The Cask of Amontillado," a deranged man decides to lure an acquaintance to his cellar and bury him alive: View high-def versions and find more educational hip-hop songs at http://www.flocabulary.com.

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