From the Article
From Michelle Obama’s rhymed appeal to high schoolers to attend college to Ellen DeGeneres’s recent spotlight on second-grade teacher Michael Bonner’s transformative use of rap in the classroom, the use of hip-hop in education seems to growing.
But using hip-hop as a tool for teaching and learning is not new. Hip-hop based education (HHBE) research started near the end of the 20th century, as scholars recognized that hip-hop could, in the words of Roderic Land and David Stovall, “engage youth in social discourse, which fosters critical thinking and academic and media literacy.”
In this article library media specialist, Joquetta Johnson, shares her experience using HHBE in her instructional practice in 2004 to connect her students’ interests and culture to curriculum content. She has used Tupac’s autobiographical poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” to teach students how to analyze poetry, and the young-adult novel Hip-Hop High School to help students increase their SAT vocabulary.
Johnson shares why teaching with hip-hop is effective and how she has implemented hip-hop as a medium to initiate cross-curricular discussions.
Johnson shares the following resources in her article: