Guide your students to develop higher-order thinking skills through high-interest writing. Once students have listened to Flocabulary songs and learned information in any subject area, they can synthesize what they've learned by writing their own rhymes.
It doesn't have to be part of just the language arts curriculum. Writing rhymes can help students master content knowledge in all subject areas and write effectively across the curriculum. Check out the basics of academic rhyme writing with this overview.
Basic Rhyme Writing for Memorization
First things first. Start with a simple lesson that gets your students writing rhyming couplets. This lesson will help students use couplets to memorize anything.
Writing Rhymes to Master Vocabulary
As powerful as they are for remembering content, rhymes are equally impressive for learning and mastering new vocabulary. This lesson plan will allow your students to follow the same process we used when creating The Word Up Project.
Elevating Rhymes with Figurative Language
Few elements of writing separate great writers from average writers as clearly as the intelligent use of metaphors and similes. This lesson teaches students about similes and metaphors and gets them to incorporate these techniques into their rhymes.
Writing Rhymes That Tell a Story
What better way to write a story than in rhyme? This lesson combines skills from the previous vocabulary and figurative language lessons to get kids telling stories through rhyme.
The Basics of Hip-Hop Songwriting
The Basics of Classroom Recording
After your students have written their masterpieces, it would be a shame not to record them for posterity. In addition to being an excellent multimedia component of the lesson, recording audio or video is a way to let the students take home something they can be proud to share.
Further Academic Rhyme-Writing Tips
If your students are hooked and want to learn more about developing their rhymes, figurative language and wordplay in the name of rap, send them over to the hip-hop section of our site. Additionally, each week we post examples of advanced figurative language and wordplay in rap on our blog.
Share the Wordplay with Us
We love to hear what your students are writing. Make your students educational rap stars and share their lyrics or recordings with us. We will post them on our blog. Email us at info @ flocabulary.com to share.