Making a Connection: 
Employing Modern Culture to
Engage Students
 June 23rd 2009, Northwest HS, MCPS

 Prof Dru Ryan

 hi...
OVerview
•  Hip-Hop and Academia
•  What is Hip-Hop
•  Rap as Message Music
•  The Cool in Hip-Hop . . More than just
   m...
Hip-Hop at GMU
•  Black Voices in Hip-Hop
    –  Explores the first 10 years of Hip-Hop, before the
       explosion of rap...
Hip-Hop at GMU
•  Beats, Rhyme, and Life will examine the history of Hip-hop
   and the effect it has had on our society. ...
Common Hip-Hop Definitions
•  Rap music is a Black cultural expression that prioritizes
   Black voices from the margins o...
Afrika Bambaataa's Definition Of Hip
             Hop . . .
 Hip Hop means the whole culture of the movement..
 when you t...
Elements of Hip-Hop

1. B-Boyin (Breakin)
2. Rap (Emceeing)
3. Graffiti Art
4. Deejaying
5.  Street Knowledge
6.  Beatboxi...
CAPS -- Washington DC Achievers Program
OVerview
•  Hip-Hop and Academia
•  What is Hip-Hop
•  Rap as Message Music
•  The Cool in Hip-Hop . . More than just
   m...
Rap as Message Music
I curated an exhibit in DC where rap album covers were used as a means
    of introducing novice Hip-...
Brief History of Hip-Hop


 The following slides will provide a brief
  overview on the history of Hip-Hop..
graffiti
Back in the Day
Fashion
Urban myth




Introduction to Hip-Hop
Introduction to Hip-Hop
Introduction to Hip-Hop
INTERPRETING HIP-HOP
       SUMMER PROGRAM
         DOCUMENTARY




A PEEK INTO OUR SUMMER EXPERIENCE
    Introduction to ...
Literacy Program

•  STUDENTS READ ONE OF TWO BOOKS
         » No Disrespect, Sistah Souljah




•  Makes Me Wanna Holler,...
Literacy Components
•  Lyrical Analysis -- Interpreting rap lyrics
•  Daily Reading -- Journal of Hip-Hop
•  Notebooks for...
Using Music as A Learning Tool

•  Use music to set the historical backdrop for a lesson
    •  Blues (1940s/1950s)
   •  ...
Using Music as A Learning Tool

•  Use newspaper articles about music . . . Especially from
   progressive publications
  ...
Making a Connection: 
Employing Modern Culture to
Engage Students
 June 23rd 2009

 Prof Dru Ryan

 hiphopprof@gmail.com
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students

839 views

Published on

Presenter:
Andrew (Dru) Ryan, Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Montgomery College

Today, teachers from college to middle school are using Hip-Hop as an effective teaching tool in the classroom. Rap music and the cultural phenomenon dubbed Hip-Hop have catapulted youth life styles onto a global stage. With humble beginnings in the Bronx, New York City in the early 1970s, urban youth have been at the center of each of Hip-Hop’s events: deejaying, graffiti, break dancing and emceeing (rap). A few years ago, Afrika Bambaataa, a seminal figure in Hip-Hop, added a fifth element, knowledge of self and culture. With over 30 years of history, Bambaataa recognized the need for true aficionados to know and understand the roots of Hip-Hop. This presentation will introduce the history of Hip-Hop and discuss way to employ Hip-Hop in the classroom to promote learning, enhance cultural understanding and increase student engagement.

0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
839
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
5
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students

  1. 1. Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students June 23rd 2009, Northwest HS, MCPS Prof Dru Ryan hiphopprof@gmail.com Slides available at: tinyurl.com/mchh23
  2. 2. OVerview •  Hip-Hop and Academia •  What is Hip-Hop •  Rap as Message Music •  The Cool in Hip-Hop . . More than just music •  Hip-Hop in the Classroom •  Questions?
  3. 3. Hip-Hop at GMU •  Black Voices in Hip-Hop –  Explores the first 10 years of Hip-Hop, before the explosion of rap music. Focuses in on the external forces which pushed Hip-Hop into existence. •  Hip-Hop Literacies –  Looks into the written communication of HH -- graf, rap and spoken word. Will be taught 50% online. Writing intensive. •  Hip-Hop and Public Policy –  Starts in the 1970's with AFDC (TANF), look at crack/ cocaine in the 80s, minimum sentencing, rent control laws . . . and use the music as a means to show how Hip-Hop coped with policy
  4. 4. Hip-Hop at GMU •  Beats, Rhyme, and Life will examine the history of Hip-hop and the effect it has had on our society. The primary focus of this course is to engage Hip-Hop not as a mode of entertainment, but as a medium of communication which impacts, represents, and misrepresents the life experiences of youth (especially inner-city youth) in the United States. •  Hip-Hop and the Black Experience will investigate the Black community and Hip-Hop. Focuses on the more social aspects . . where did emcees get their philosophies/ styles. –  Uses film (blaxploitation, sitcoms of the 70s), the gangster movies of the late 1980s and 1990s and then ties in some of the socio-economic realities which were depicted (mocked) in these programs.
  5. 5. Common Hip-Hop Definitions •  Rap music is a Black cultural expression that prioritizes Black voices from the margins of urban America. Rap music is a form of rhymed storytelling accompanied by highly rhythmic, electronically-based music. [Rose] •  Hip Hop means the whole culture of the movement.. when you talk about rap..Rap is part of the hip hop culture [Bambaataa] •  Rap is Black CNN -- Chuck D
  6. 6. Afrika Bambaataa's Definition Of Hip Hop . . . Hip Hop means the whole culture of the movement.. when you talk about rap..Rap is part of the hip hop culture..The emceeing..The djaying is part of the hip hop culture. The dressing, the languages are all part of the hip hop culture.The break dancing the b-boys, b- girls ..how you act, walk, look, talk are all part of hip hop culture.. and the music is colorless.. Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red, white.. whatever music that gives you the grunt.. that funk.. that groove or that beat.. It's all part of hip hop....
  7. 7. Elements of Hip-Hop 1. B-Boyin (Breakin) 2. Rap (Emceeing) 3. Graffiti Art 4. Deejaying 5.  Street Knowledge 6.  Beatboxin 7. Street Fashion 8. Street Language 9. Street Entrepreneurialism
  8. 8. CAPS -- Washington DC Achievers Program
  9. 9. OVerview •  Hip-Hop and Academia •  What is Hip-Hop •  Rap as Message Music •  The Cool in Hip-Hop . . More than just music •  Hip-Hop in the Classroom •  Questions?
  10. 10. Rap as Message Music I curated an exhibit in DC where rap album covers were used as a means of introducing novice Hip-Hop fans to the notion of rap as message music While the language of rap may not be that of the New York Times, people often overlook the message contained in the music once they hear the first ‘bad’ word or watch a video which they may deem inappropriate. My goal was to use the album covers as a window to the content on each album. For the exhibit, I also created short synopses on each album to provide further background. The following slides are a subset of the larger exhibit.
  11. 11. Brief History of Hip-Hop The following slides will provide a brief overview on the history of Hip-Hop..
  12. 12. graffiti
  13. 13. Back in the Day
  14. 14. Fashion
  15. 15. Urban myth Introduction to Hip-Hop
  16. 16. Introduction to Hip-Hop
  17. 17. Introduction to Hip-Hop
  18. 18. INTERPRETING HIP-HOP SUMMER PROGRAM DOCUMENTARY A PEEK INTO OUR SUMMER EXPERIENCE Introduction to Hip-Hop
  19. 19. Literacy Program •  STUDENTS READ ONE OF TWO BOOKS » No Disrespect, Sistah Souljah •  Makes Me Wanna Holler, Nathan McCall
  20. 20. Literacy Components •  Lyrical Analysis -- Interpreting rap lyrics •  Daily Reading -- Journal of Hip-Hop •  Notebooks for daily writing •  Poetry Workshops •  Medial Literacy -- Understanding Messages on TV and in music
  21. 21. Using Music as A Learning Tool •  Use music to set the historical backdrop for a lesson •  Blues (1940s/1950s) •  R&B/Motown (1960s) •  Disco (1970s) •  Various phases of rap •  Analyze song lyrics and tie in factual information to support/ supplement lyrics.
  22. 22. Using Music as A Learning Tool •  Use newspaper articles about music . . . Especially from progressive publications •  Village Voice (ghost-writing, marketing, women and rap) •  Have a lyric of the day •  “In the hood we do worse for less” – Jay-Z •  “It’s hard being young/ from the slums/ eating five cent gums/ not knowing where you’re next meal is coming from
  23. 23. Making a Connection:  Employing Modern Culture to Engage Students June 23rd 2009 Prof Dru Ryan hiphopprof@gmail.com

×