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Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics for the Classroom

Posted Mar 31 2006

Dang. This is what I get for being unfocused. I had this great plan to do a book of hip-hop lesson plans that met California standards, but these guys beat me to it. I can't front though; they did an excellent job.

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Dang. This is what I get for being unfocused. I had this great plan to do a book of hip-hop lesson plans that met California standards, but these guys beat me to it. I can’t front though; they did an excellent job. Their book focuses on using hip hop to teach poetry and English. Essentially, they match up the writings of “classic” authors such as Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes with those of hip hop artists such as Tupac, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Eminem, KRS One, and Notorious B.I.G. Concepts such as alliteration and metaphors are explored and themes include racial equality. Numerous writing and comprehension activities are included as well. Especially helpful is the fact that each lesson is connected to a California Language Arts Standards. This is a great tool for any high school teacher and I’m glad to see this project in print. Now I need to step up my game and get something published. But this review isn’t about me, is it? To find out more about this book, go to www.hiphopintheclass.com

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