How Hip-Hop In The Classroom Works
Over 40 years later, hip-hop has become a worldwide phenomenon, reaching every corner of the globe and shaping the identities of a whole generation of young people. Kids today are just as invested in hip-hop culture as they were in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.
When we consider the influence of hip-hop culture, for better or worse, on the young people in our classrooms, we are presented with an opportunity to engage urban youth in a way that speaks to their cultural identities while, at the same time, building critical literacy skills that are transferable to every other discipline.
As our classrooms become more and more diverse, we have a responsibility to address social inequities affecting urban youth. Sometimes this means the curriculum itself. Often times, these young people are described as disengaged and unmotivated, but what efforts are we making to affirm their social and cultural identities in schools? Hip-hop isn’t the solution to every challenge in urban education, but it represents an important, culturally relevant, critically engaging set of opportunities for meaningful learning.
Day One: The Hip-Hop Circuit:
A tremendous resource for using hip-hop in education. Lesson plans K-12, articles, unit materials, and other information will be given to educators.
Day Two: Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics for the Classroom
An instructional guide for how to incorporate hip-hop into the classroom. At this site, teachers will see some sample lessons using Common Core Standards.
Day Three: Flipping the Script: Critical Thinking in a Hip-Hop World
A curriculum for teaching students media literacy and other topics using hip-hop music and culture using Common Core Standards.
Breakfast/Snacks & Lunch Included
Special Guest Surprise-Hip-Hop Artist