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  1. Step 1
    Teacher Assigns Rap Topic

    The teacher assigns, or teams choose, the rap topic. Each team can have the same rap topic, or each team can be assigned a different topic that relates to the unit of study.
  2. Step 2
    Teams Generate Key Words

    Teammates use AllRecord RoundRobin to generate and record a list of eight key words. For example, if the topic is DNA, then some of the key words may include cytosine, bases, double helix, and so on. Each teammate states one key word and all teammates record it.
  3. Step 3
    Teams Generate Rhyming Words

    When the team has a solid list of key words, it then comes up with three or four rhyming words for each key word. For example, for the first key word cytosine, three rhyming words may include guanine, adenine, and thymine. All teammates record each word.
  4. Step 4
    Teams Create Raps

    Using the key words, rhyming words, and meter, teammates work together to create lines for their rap.
  5. Step 5
    Teams Prepare Raps

    Teammates practice their rap, deciding roles for each teammate. For example, they decide which teammates will sing which lines and which teammates might add verbal sound effects, clapping, or stomping.
  6. Step 6
    Team Up! to Share Raps

    Teams team up. One team performs its rap for another team. The audience team responds, and then the teams switch roles.
  • Class Presentations
    Teams can share their raps with the entire class. This takes longer than teams sharing with another team and fewer students are engaged, so it isn’t recommended for each time.
  • Team-2-Team
    Use Team-2-Team to have teams share raps with multiple teams. Half the teams in the class spread around the perimeter of the class. The other half of the teams face them. Teams take turns sharing their raps. Then, the teams who presented first rotate to a new partner team to share again.


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