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Reinforcing Poetry with Tupac

Reinforcing Poetry with Tupac

Tupac Shakur may be best known for his thug image, but he actually had a soft side and was also very philosophical. This lesson shows that side of him. In this PowerPoint in Kiosk students can review some poetic devices, read a brief bio about the legendary rapper, read some of his poetry and respond to True or False statements regarding poems from Tupac's collection of poetry, The Rose That Grew From Concrete. Students can also view three music videos, watch an interview, and see an interesting news story about Tupac.  This is a resource that appeals to my inner-city students. Shortly after I begin the poetry unit with terminology that students need to know. I assign this for students to practice what they have learned and to encourage them to appreciate poetry and poets. This tutorial is... Show More


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Andrew Petagna
Andrew Petagna (Student)
4 years ago
This is great to use at the beginning of a course in English. I really think that reading is enjoyable, but some people don't see it that way, they see it as a c***** for school. Seeing music as poetry might change that for some and open up doors for their learning.
Dave Wallace
Dave Wallace (Student)
5 years ago

Cool lesson.  I like how you refer to him as a poet and also a rapper, not the other way around. I think the way you presented to material was easy to understand.  I can see a couple of different ways to use this already.  It can be done as an individual or as a group, because if you did it as a class, especially with the true / false questions, there could be some great discussion.

Technical Remarks:

The presentation is solid.  It has an ok layout but does have some rough edges.  I would spend a little more time with the design on the slides.  You could consider splitting up the poems from the quiz.  All of the links and buttons did work.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 Minutes
eric danowski
eric danowski (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

I liked this presentation. It was easy to follow and had a lot of good information. I would have liked the "Review Poetic Devices" tab to be a little more prominent during the poetry section. If you are following the presentation from the beginning and get to the poetry part, having that tab be a little more noticable would be helpful for a student who isn't as familiar with the terms (though I'm guessing they should be familiar if this was done as part of a lesson in poetry).

Technical Remarks:

I liked the images and thought the presentation was layed out well. As I said, some things could have been featured more prominently but overall it was easy to follow and was very informative.

Dana Lord
Dana Lord (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

I reviewed this lesson without really knowing much about Tupac's history or music, but it was easy to use and I think that students (especially the students that "don't like poetry") would respond positively to this lesson. The vocabulary review was nicely done and includes examples that the students will enjoy and they are easy to understand. I'm curious why "simile" is in a different color and thought there was going to be a focus on that figurative language tool during the lesson, but that wasn't the case. It's not a bad thing, I was just waiting for simile to take center stage. :)  Adding the hologram concert is a great way to connect to present time also. I was a little confused by the arrow on the top-left corner at first and had to click on it a few times to figure out what it's function was, but it didn't take away from the lesson at all. This is a fantastic lesson for teaching figurative language/poetry - expecially for students that don't typically want to learn about that topic.

Technical Remarks:

The link to the "You are listening to..." did not appear to be working. All of the other links and "buttons" worked just fine.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Angelica Garcia
Angelica Garcia (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

I created this Stand Alone Instructional Resource for my students to reinforce knowledge of poetic devices and support poetry appreciation. After purchasing a classroom set of "The Rose That Grew From Concrete," I found my students to be highly engaged in the poet and his poems. 

This is intended to be independent practice for the student but could also be used in instruction to introduce/reteach simple poetic device terms or may be an introduction to the book.

The presentation consists of navigational buttons where studens can read a short bio of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, review poetic device terms, read his poetry, and even few some videos.

Technical Remarks:

This is a PowerPoint presentation in Kiosk mode. Once in viewing mode, press the escape button to exit.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 min