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originally posted by: TinySickTears
a reply to: Christosterone
frank zappa went up and spoke and shut the down. it was great
little fact about the music label #
zappas album jazz from hell was slapped with an offensive sticker....the album was instrumental
shows how stupid
. . . . the unlikely trio of Frank Zappa, Dee Snider, and John Denver.
IThey do not teach rap or the history of, its lyrics and meanings in schools across the US. Rap is not in the average high school curriculum and its lyrical significance is different to that of the written words of Twain.
Analysis of hip hop music and lyrics can provide students with a greater understanding of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry. Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets, then analyze hip hop music to determine common characteristics between the Bard's work and the music of hip hop artists. Students will reinforce their understanding of the connections between hip hop and poetry through close analysis of the works of the poet Nikki Giovanni and hip-hop artists Jurassic 5, and through the creation of their own poetry.
Hip-hop gets a bad rap. Misconstrued as vulgar, the genre actually arose as a positive alternative to gang violence in New York City during the 1970s. The subjects cover social justice, the music fuels arts and dance and the lyrics can be analyzed as poetry. Now, in a UW-affiliated project, its being used in social studies lessons for 6th-12th graders.
The intellectual awakening struck, as they often do, when Sitomer was sleep deprived, up at 2 a.m. trying to finish a lesson plan on English poet Dylan Thomas. Sitomer was restless, realizing he had to wake up at 5 a.m. to get to class. "I was focusing on Thomas's line 'Do not go gentle into that good night,'" he says.
Then it hit: Sitomer began thinking about Tupac Shakur, a deceased rapper his students idolized and whose music they often played. He went online and dove into Shakur's lyrics, and, although the rapper artist had lived a violent life and died tragically in a hail of bullets on a Las Vegas street, Sitomer saw that his writings aren't all about misogyny, homophobia, or gang violence.
This lesson, re-posted on EducationWorld with permission from Seattle radio station KEXP, was created by Tiffany Producer-KEXP Documentaries. The entire series of lesson plans appears here.
Also see on EducationWorld: Hip-Hop Lesson: DJs and Turntablism
EducationWorld note: In the course of doing Internet research on hip-hop related topics, or in the course of accessing the resources (videos, Web sites, articles, etc.) listed in this lesson, students may encounter material that contains objectionable language or content. Teachers may want to limit Internet access and/or screen specific resources ahead of time to select the options that will be most appropriate for their class.
Your question has a definite are you with us or against us quality to it anyway. Since you're not interested in nuance - I can guess why you ask
As far as this subject goes - concerning this school? A book that would be illegal to own. Illegal - anywhere, at any time, by anyone. Banned. Not just unavailable at a specific school for an undetermined amount of time
Yes, I understand rap is taught in a few select schools, I recognize that. I said it is not however taught in most schools around the nation. There will always be alternative curriculums that defy the norms. That is not what the argument here is however. This argument is about what the average high schooler will be reading or not reading.
Rap is not in the average high school curriculum and its lyrical significance is different to that of the written words of Twain.
The question was: "Do you or do you not support the banning of books?" I want to know if you have a principle on this subject, or if this is a game of feelings and urges.
We are not disscusing rap however.
One does not answer questions about Tupac on the sat but one will answer questions about classic lit.
Please stay on topic. You are drifting sir.