Saturday, July 23, 2011

Learning with Hip Hop and Rap

Rap music is somewhat of a polarizing topic in schools.  You either love it or despise it!  Today, I'm sharing two resources teachers can use to teach current events and other topics with free resources from Flowcabulary and The Week in Rap.

Flowcabulary sponsors The Week in Rap, a site that produces weekly summaries of world news in a rap song/video.  In addition, you can search news topics and watch rap videos via Vimeo so they should not be blocked in your school.  Here is one 2-minute example from 2010.

Week In Rap 2.19.10 from Flocabulary on Vimeo.

Teachers are always looking for ways to integrate current events into the curriculum and The Week in Rap is another resource for you to consider.  The site keeps it simple and only does one thing, but does it well.  The staff at Flocabulary are the producers of the videos.

Check out the free resources on Flowcabulary.  This is a commercial website but they do have the free resources for teachers that are quite good.  If you are looking for another way to engage your students using music and video, these sites are worth a look if you teach middle school or high school.  Enjoy!

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