Middle School Lesson 3 Learn About and Write a Rap

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL:

  • LEARN ABOUT RAP
  • COMPOSE YOUR OWN RAP

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can describe rap as a genre of music.
  • I can list some of literary devices used in rap.
  • I can create and perform my own rap.

Teaching Procedure

1 Read about the History of Rap

Read about the History of Rap

2 Read about Rap from the 1970s to the present day

Read about Rap from the 1970s to the present day

3 Read about Rhyme in Rap

Read about Rhyme in Rap

4 Read about Other Literary Devices in Rap

5 Listen to Free From it All by Lecrai with Mathai

Read the lyrics in the video.

Do you see examples of rhyme, internal rhyme, assonanace, multi-syllable rhyme, or internal rhyme?

Do you see examples of alliteration or simile?

6 Write your own Rap - Track 1 Bat Rap

Choose a topic and the rap accompaniment track that you like the best and write your own rap.

Option 1: You can use one of the starter ideas given, or you can invent your own.
Don’t do drugs...
Stay at home...
Stay in school...
Skateboarding...
Basketball is...
Homework is...
Friends are...
I don’t want to...

Use at least one of the literary devices from the “About Rap” information in your rap.

This track is the first option for your accompaniment.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

7 Write your own Rap - Track 2 Rappin' with the Animals

Choose a topic and the rap accompaniment track that you like the best and write your own rap.

Option 1: You can use one of the starter ideas given, or you can invent your own.
Don’t do drugs...
Stay at home...
Stay in school...
Skateboarding...
Basketball is...
Homework is...
Friends are...
I don’t want to...

Use at least one of the literary devices from the “About Rap” information in your rap.

This track is the second option for your accompaniment.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

8 Write your own Rap - Track 3 Rappin' with the Animals

Choose a topic and the rap accompaniment track that you like the best and write your own rap.

Option 2 Directions: Choose a fairy tale and write the story as a rap.
You can choose a fairy tale from the list below, or choose another story that you know.
The Three Little Pigs
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Chicken Little
Jack and the Beanstalk

Use at least one of the literary devices from the “About Rap” page in your rap.

This track is the third option for your accompaniment.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

9 Write your own Rap - Track 4 Hoppin' Hops

Choose a topic and the rap accompaniment track that you like the best and write your own rap.

Option 2 Directions: Choose a fairy tale and write the story as a rap.
You can choose a fairy tale from the list below, or choose another story that you know.
The Three Little Pigs
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Chicken Little
Jack and the Beanstalk

Use at least one of the literary devices from the “About Rap” page in your rap.

This track is the fourth option for your accompaniment.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

10 Write your own Rap - Track 5 Tone Loco

Choose a topic and the rap accompaniment track that you like the best and write your own rap.

Option 1: You can use one of the starter ideas given, or you can invent your own.
Don’t do drugs...
Stay at home...

Option 2 Directions: Choose a fairy tale and write the story as a rap.
You can choose a fairy tale from the list below, or choose another story that you know.
The Three Little Pigs
Three Billy Goats Gruff

Use at least one of the literary devices from the “About Rap” page in your rap.

This track is the fifth option for your accompaniment.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

11 Choose your topic, Choose your track, and Write a Rap

Choose your topic, Choose your track, and Write a Rap.

You can download and print the worksheet, or you can create your own document.

12 Choose your topic, Choose your track, and Write a Rap

Choose your topic, Choose your track, and Write a Rap.

You can download and print the worksheet, or you can create your own document.

13 Suggested Assessment

In this lesson, the suggested assessment is to send your teacher a copy of the rap you've written.

If you can include a voice recording or video of your performance, that's even better!

14 Music Is Literacy

A note to parents, teachers, principals and admin.

Music education is important for all learners.

For more details copy and paste these links into your browser

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2013/09/the-importance-of-keeping-the-beat/

Https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1656&context=stu_hon_theses

https://www.luther.edu/oneota-reading-journal/archive/2012/learning-literacy-through-music/

Https://www.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/663701/SA-DECS-Fluency-doc.pdf