Christopher Emdin – Creating A Rhyme Assignment LyricsFollow
First, students will watch the PBS NewsHour report “Songs in the Key of Biology: Students Write Hip-Hop to Learn Science.”
Warm up questions:
- What keeps you engaged in the classroom?
- How do you learn best? What techniques do you have for retaining information?
- What do you think could be done in the classroom to make learning science more fun?
- What did you find most interesting about this video?
- Do you think you would learn well in this program? Why or why not?
- Do any of your classes use interdisciplinary techniques to teach you information? If so, how do you feel about them?
Next, students will watch GZA’s science rap.
After students have watched both videos, ask them to work independently and research a science topic they’d like to write a rap about
Students will need a chorus or hook for the rap they will create. A chorus has been provided for them. This will also help acclimate students to the process of writing and performing his/her rap
Sometimes in the world it is hard to dream
Based on realities my eyes have seen
Formulate rhymes from life as a thesis
This is what makes me a Science Genius
(Each line is 10 syllables which gives it a natural rhythm. Practicing this chorus, will help students construct their rhymes.)
Some/times/ in/ the/ world/ it/ is/ hard/ to/ dream
Based/ on/ re/a/li/ties/ my/ eyes/ have/ seen
For/mu/late/ rhymes/ from/ life/ as/ a/ the/sis
This/ is/ what/ makes/ me/ a/ Sci/ence/ Ge/nius
After students completed some research on a science topic, have them complete the following steps:
- Write down the first (8) words that come to mind. (These will most likely be science terms you have just learned.)
- After you have completed the first step, write down the first (5) words that come to mind when you think of each of the first (8) words.
- From you list of (40) words identify all the words that may rhyme and that you could use as “end words” in a rhyme sequence.
- Create sentences that connects the first (2) rhyming words.
- Create as as many of these rhyming sentences as possible.
- Review the rhyme when you have exhausted your rhyming words and begin to check for the following:
• Sentence structure and flow (matching syllables in sentences like the example provided in the chorus)
- • Coherence /logic in the sentences (how connected are they to the science topic you want to get across)
- • Revise your work for clarity, coherence, and recite it to perfect performance
- • Begin getting creative by thinking of analogies and metaphors you can use to get your point across, different (more complex) or rhyme patterns you can use to develop the initial text
- • Revise the rap you have crafted
- • Continue the entire process till you create a rhyme you are comfortable with performing
Edit song description to add:
- Historical context: what album the song's on, how popular it was
- An explanation of the song's overall story (example: "In this song, Eminem corresponds with a crazed fan who ends up...")
- The sample used for the beat — use WhoSampled.com and wikipedia as references