Power In Poems: Engaging Students With Poetry Instruction

Power in Poems: Engaging students with poetry instruction

For April’s #FlocabChat, we talked about how poetry  can help students hone a variety of skills, such as analytical thinking, artistic expression, creative writing and public speaking. There are so many ways that poetry can be used in the classroom, and more than that, there are many mediums (like hip-hop) whose texts can be read and analyzed as poetry.  Flocabulary offers several lessons about poetry, but as many educators in our community point out, Flocabulary's content is poetry. To delve into why, see some of the chat's highlights below. The chat was led by Platinum MCEducator Megan Forbes, or as…

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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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  • November 30, 2008

The Poetics of Hip-Hop Lesson Plan

This comprehensive high school lesson plan, from the Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge program, helps student make connections between poetry (Giovanni, Saul Williams) Rap lyrics (Blackalicious) and Shakespeare. The parallels are excellent and this is a great example of how teachers can use rap as a mirror for poetry. For more lesson plans, check out Flocabulary's Teacher Resources. You can also hear this idea in action with Flocabulary's literature raps.

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