Lesson Plan

The Poetics of Hip Hop

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The Bard, Nikki Giovanni, Mos Def? “Sonnet 18,” Ego Tripping,” and “Black on Both Sides”? Sure! It’s the poetics. Class members compare the lyrics, rhythm, and rhyme in classic poetry to hip-hop in a richly detailed resource that includes audio and video features. To conclude the lesson, participants craft and perform their own poems.

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Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure to preview all materials to ensure the appropriateness for your classroom and community
  • Links provided to all materials
  • Includes richly detailed plan and discussion questions  
  • Consider updating the playlist to include more current examples of hip-hop
  • Preview the YouTube video of "Work It Out" because many class members are probably familiar with the Dave Matthews Band Jurassic Five music video