Rap-Flavored English

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Rap-Flavored English

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Gain a better understanding of the Hip Hop culture while making seamless connections with current course material in the Hip Hop residency Rap-Flavored English. Jamaal’s engaging personality invites students to learn, listen, and participate. Rhyming couplets and non-traditional quatrains can be utilized to summarize and draw conclusions.

Sample Common Core connections
RF.4.3 Phonics and Word Recognition: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words

SL.4.1 Speaking and Listening: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly


Typically, residencies range from $2,500 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

    • A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
    • A required orientation meeting and planning session
    • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
    • A student culminating or sharing event
    • An evaluation meeting

"Feedback from the teachers involved in the residency was ALL positive. They loved Mr. Root. They thought he was very cool, very child-centered, got the kids engaged, made learning fun. It was a true testament of how you can take learning and make it fun. He was able to get some of the most resistant kids engaged. They really enjoyed having him. They loved the humor! It drew the kids in. They enjoyed the freestyling. We were very surprised, it was Dimitrious’ first day here and he came up and free-styled."

Ms. Hines, Principal of Villa Maria School

"It's wonderful to see my students in a different perspective. We are so driven by testing, Common Core requirements, and evaluating texts, it is wonderful to take a break and allow them to be creative. It opens up the opportunity to see kids in another way other than just as students, but as kids who can enjoy and appreciate that words come in different forms, including lyrical and poetic."

Ann-Marie, Teacher, Samuel Ogle Middle