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Rythmn and Poetry (RAP)

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Keywords: Podcasts, RAP, Poetry, Writing, Presentations, English
Subject(s): Spelling, Grammar, Podcasting, Writing, Drama, Speech and Language, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Grandview Senior High School, Grandview, MO
Original Author: AMY CAMERON, Grandview
Students in every English class will sign up and try out for a Rythmn and Poetry contest. A judging committee of 2 students and 2 teachers will serve as the judges. There will be a one minute time limit. Students can sign up for the event. Judges will select the top winners (based on a rubric on content, fluidity, cadence, poetic devices, and presentation). The 5 winning students will podcast their RAP; if this event works well, we could possibly have it as a quarterly contest. This will increase our students' interests in writing, poetry, and music.

Each podcast will begin with the RAP artist's name and a brief bio, which they have to type and turn in before the broadcast. Because this is 'publishable' material, the rules will be that it is mechanically sound. No errors! Students will reflect on their experience with a one-page write up of their influences - may require some research to expand on the background of these artists/musicians/poets.
Once we have started our 'contests' we can have the students continue the judging, learning how to use the rubrics.
Materials: Podcasting
Other Items: 1 Podcasting Book for Educators with CD, $39.95 each, total of $39.95