Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

Flocabulary: Language Arts

Add a beat and a rhyme to students' language arts learning
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This module is part of the Website Flocabulary.
Common Sense Rating 4
  • From the site’s homepage, click on the Language Arts link.
  • The Reading and Writing lessons offer a great means for review.
  • The videos are smart, engaging, and have interactive lyrics.
  • The “Writing Academic Rhymes” guide could help to inspire reluctant students.
  • Lessons on research skills cover necessary topics in a fun, accessible way.
Amy Lauren Botula
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Flocabulary’s Language Arts program can be a fun go-to when the usual tricks no longer work. These smart songs and high-quality videos will capture kids’ interest from the first “Yes-yes, y’all!" They'll also offer plenty of teachable moments, even for the most hip-hop-reluctant teacher. You can take well-worn topics like the parts of speech, the five-paragraph essay, or the elements of fiction, and transform them into memorable songs that kids will beg to hear again. Go for the Reading and Writing and Grammar units first; these are treasure troves of material for mini-lessons. After that, the Literature and Research Skills lessons make for a fantastic way to introduce new material while building excitement and curiosity.

One of the site’s most notable features is the guide to writing and filming academic hip-hop songs. This option may be the site's best way to keep high school students engaged no matter what they're learning -- be it grammar, the research process, a novel, or a play. The Reading and Writing, Grammar, Literature, and Research Skills units all have printable lyrics, online exercises, and recommended extensions. However, these units are broadly assigned to either the K-12 or the 6-12 grade bands, so you may need to do some differentiation.

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