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The Week in Rap

Looking for a way to add flava to current events?  (I know, Joyce, stop trying to talk hip-hop.)

Gwyneth Jones recently pointed to The Week in Rap on our TeacherLibrarianNetwork.

Week in Rap 4.3.09 from Week in Rap on Vimeo.

Created by Flocabulary (devoted to hip-hop in the classroom) and written by Flocabulary artists, each Friday Week in Rap presents a weekly summary of news headlines in the form of a short rap video.

These videos will definitely engage.  I can see teachers asking students to interpet these raps, to explain or research what really happened. I can also easily see these videos as models for original student creations.

One a related (and just for fun) note, when my buddy Ken heard I was blogging about this prior to sharing it with our Social Studies Deparment, he shared this rap by a flight attendant on Southwest Airlines.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. sandy jenkins says:

    Joyce, this is another awesome idea you have pointed me to…I will be using this rap site as a jump off to research for my info lit students at UCM.Thanks soooo much!

  2. Marguerite DeWitt says:

    This is awesome! It could be used for a great anticipatory set to start talking about current events, or like you said as a model for students to create their own informative raps. The possibilities are almost endless, and it provides a really fun and interesting way for students to learn about current events. I saw the rapping flight attendant video too, and it just goes to show that changing things up can make people listen and actually pay attention.

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