“Students were in your class sharing their work, not being a passive receptor of your work.”
Tim Schott, Executive Director, Secondary Schools, Des Moines Public Schools
Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme is an 8th Grade Literacy elective taught at Warren G. Harding Middle School in Des Moines Public Schools. Through connections between hip-hop, literacy, and the social sciences, students build writing, fluency, comprehension, and life skills, enhancing their abilities to collectively achieve. Through the exploration of quotes that connect key historical figures to popular hip-hop artists, they learn how the past and present directly affect each other. Through the deconstruction of social myths, students extend their aptitude to think critically outside of the classroom.
Check out our student-run website, Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme, for the latest updates on what we’re learning! You can also “like” us on Facebook (Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme) or follow us on Twitter @HardingHipHop.
“As teachers come forward with inventive ideas like Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme, we will actively support them in an effort to shift our curriculum resources away from textbooks to providing materials specific to the needs of these teacher-created courses that will both provide more relevance and meaning for our students and address our Board’s graduate ends.”
Thomas M. Ahart, Superintendent, Des Moines Public Schools