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Tools for Teachers

BARS! Connecting to History Through Hip Hop Songwriting

Grades Covered: 5-8, appropriate for grades 3 and up
Subjects Covered: ELA, Music, Songwriting


Bomani Armah

We can look to the great success of the musical Hamilton to know that the exciting world of Hip Hop songwriting can be a hook for engaging reluctant students. In this fresh and energizing workshop, learn to guide students in synthesizing information about a historical figure by writing lyrics for Hip Hop songs. Help your students connect with the rhythm of Hip Hop while deepening their understanding of history. Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Bomani Armah.


email Tracy Sawyer, Community Partnerships Supervisor, or call 707.800.7529.

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