Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap

These timely rhymes help jazz up your current-events lessons
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This module is part of the Website Flocabulary.
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • After clicking "Songs & Videos," select "The Week in Rap."
  • Lessons are updated weekly.
  • All videos have printable lyrics, comprehension exercises, and extension activities.
Amy Lauren Botula
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Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Flocabulary's Week in Rap offering combines ELA skills with social studies content with new lessons posted at the end of each week. Like the site's ELA and social studies units, the Week in Rap lessons feature a video, printable lyrics, a fill-in-the-blank comprehension exercise, challenge questions, and extension activities.

Lessons encourage a "grab and go" approach, which is an obvious fit for students in grades 5-7, but the videos are so engaging that all students -- especially those in grade 8 and above -- will crave even more authentic extensions. The songs could be a great setup for a debate and discussion activity -- you could assign groups a topic from the video that they agree with, or purposely assign an opposing point of view. You could also have students conduct small-group research, in which groups locate related events from history and present to the class. For the ultimate comprehension check, have students write and present their own raps to review the week. Fear not! The site offers tips and strategies for writing academic rhymes and freestyle rapping.

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