I have had my students write raps in the past, to varying levels of success. I, recently, decided to give this another shot for my English Language Arts (ELA) class. This time I was able to get kick-started with some of the academic rhyme lessons found on Flocabulary.com. I used the “Vocabulary” and “Memorization” lessons to kick off this project.
I found that I needed to walk students through the entire example lesson first instead of doing each part separately. Then I wrote an example on the white board for the class to observe how to write a couplet. We discussed rhyming, meter, and focus.
Students had the opportunity to apply the lesson by writing their own couplets about key themes, plot elements, characters, or ideas found in the book we have been reading, “Robin Hood.” Two great resources are Rhymer and How Many Syllables.
After students finished writing their couplets on note cards, I had a conference with each student. We discussed difficulty with rhyming. We looked at meter and word choice. We also talked about focus and what the reader would perceive.
Students rocked out these rhymes! When students were successful they added another couplet to go along with the first. They made sure to match meter but were able to change the rhyme scheme. I was truly impressed.
“Little John is strong and tall.
It’s quite rare to see him fall.
When little John has to fight,
He makes sure he does it right.”
We are going to expand on these couplets and write full rap verses to go along with the free beats on Flocabulary! I can’t wait to see how my students flow!
Make sure to check out some awesome rhymes about “Robin Hood” on my their blogs!