Five Steps to Academic Success:
We have developed an array of Hip Hop based activities geared towards enthusiastically engaging your students academically. The residual effects of these activities encourage social interaction with peers, teaches valuable learning interventions, and is suitable for implementation into most secondary and higher educational curricula.
There are five steps we effectively use to empower students academically. These steps connect students to education while using Hip Hop as a “bridge”. A brief overview of each one of these steps is listed below:
Usually well read and able to articulate, an MC controls the crowd through the use of well thought out story lines and a voice for the people. Within our curriculum we have dedicated this first element to the development of our English / History component. We know that through using techniques introduced by MCs we can help improve short term and long-term memory, comprehension skills, public speaking and overall writing skills.
The one element is based around the DJ (Disc Jockey) who plays a large role in Hip-Hop. The DJ controls the music being played; he/she needs to be very knowledgeable of music old and new. Through Music we can gauge the social, economical and political climates of past years. We have created linkages between music and epochs; by cross-referencing circa dates of particular songs we can teach history surrounding that particular year and time.
The another element surrounds the physical aspect of Hip-Hop that is called B-Boying. B- boys and girls could commonly be seen carrying cardboard or pieces of linoleum waiting for the next battle to occur. Battles usually consisted of two groups coming together in a dance contest. This contest was an exhibition of physical movement inspired by Hip-Hop music. By our own recollection we can remember how much energy we burned break-dancing. These movements combined upper body strength, balance and rhythm and would be a perfect compliment to existing physical education curriculum.
This element revolves around the artistic visualization of Hip-Hop.
Typically known as graffiti, Hip-Hop artists used the streets as one huge canvas to create the artwork. Most of the art would be labeled criminal and offensive. These murals served as artistic representations gracing the side of buildings and trains often with messages pertaining to their social and economical surroundings. Many Graffiti artists were denied recognition through the eyes of America. Influenced by artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Da Vinci and Picasso, graffiti artists dedicated their work to making Hip-Hop
colorful. We use graffiti to teach art history and supplement the
The Fifth Component in our plan is that of Mindset Transference (MT). Mindset Transference is an academically oriented student development model,which encourages enthusiastic application to academic curriculum. We believe it has the overall ability to change the face of education. It can and will, serve as an additional resource in the classroom to help underachieving and honors students, alike. MT, however, does not stop there! It is a philosophy, which is also applicable in other areas.