Poetry Rap - Using Rap Song Lyrics to Teach Poetry Presentation and Activities

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This poetry rap resource bundle will engage your students in examining rap song lyrics and analyzing the songs as poetry. Using rap song lyrics to teach poetry will help your students see how the two genres have a great deal in common. From sophisticated rhyme and rhythm, literary devices, lyricism, storytelling, theme, social commentary, and emotional impact, poetry and rap have many similarities. Students will use what they learn to compare Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son" with Tupac Shakur's song "Dear Mama" and then write their own rap lyrics.

Included in this poetry rap resource:

➡️ A 26-slide PowerPoint presentation that uses rap song lyrics to teach poetry. The slides introduce the history of rap, discuss the 6 main commonalities between rap and poetry (rhythm and rhyme, literary devices, lyricism, storytelling, theme, and emotional impact), provide rap lyrics examples for each, and include video discussion prompts. (YouTube is required for opening videos in slideshow).

➡️ A Tupac Hughes poetry rap comparison activity where students answer questions comparing Tupac Shakur's song "Dear Mama" with Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son." The poem and song share many elements and themes. (Please note that for copyright reasons the poem and lyrics are not provided, but links are provided)

➡️ A detailed answer key for the poetry rap comparison activity questions that make for easy grading or review.

➡️ A creative writing assignment called "Writing Rap Rhymes" where students will write their own rap lyrics according to what they learned in the lesson.

Poetry topics and skills addressed in this poetry annotation resource:

This poetry rap resource allows you to use rap song lyrics to teach poetry, but it also allows students to explore a variety of ELA and poetry-specific skills and standards. Below you will find a list of some of the skills this resource addresses:

  • Poetic meter and rhythm
  • Rhyme (internal, half, end)
  • Literary devices (metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, etc.)
  • Interpreting poetic theme
  • Analyzing how two texts address similar themes and topics
  • Comparing the writing of two authors
  • Creative poetry rap lyrics writing (using rhythm, rhyme, literary devices, etc.)

What teachers are saying about this poetry rap resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource is fantastic. I really enjoyed using it because it allowed my students to practice skills with fun and engaging content. I enjoy the ease and appreciate how much thought was put into creating it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great activity to use to introduce my final exam. My students are analyzing songs for their final. I am using a resource of yours to practice for my final. This has helped make my last two weeks of school easier and my students are loving it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Awesome resource! We analyzed 2pac's song as an introduction to poetry and connected it to finding and interpreting the author's theme. They absolutely LOVED it!! I got observed during this lesson and it couldn't have gone any better.

>>>Save by purchasing this resource in one of the bundles listed below:

➡️ Complete Poetry Resource Bundle (290+ Pages)

➡️ Musical Poetry Resource Bundle


Pair this poetry writing booklet with our poetry annotation guide:

 How to Annotate Poetry Student Guide 

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