What Are the Origins and Influences of Rap Music?

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Considered an American art form, rap has its roots in places from Jamaica to the Bronx. Using a series of readings, comprehension questions, and videos, scholars explore the history of rap and its connections to the African diaspora. They then demonstrate their knowledge in a reflective essay.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create small groups to explore the readings
  • Ask learners to create a playlist that reflects their understanding of rap's influences
  • Integrate as a fun supplement to a lesson during Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Discretion may be necessary for some discussions, such as arson in the Bronx
Pros
  • Lesson plan includes all necessary materials, readings and video resources
  • Resource integrates hip-hop as a cultural and artistic movement
  • A combination of videos, music and readings is engaging for learners
Cons
  • Not all video clips work