The cost of sending 43 students and their chaperones to see The Roots of Rap is $398, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
Rather than hearing explicit rap lyrics in our school hallways, I want to hear students discussing poetry and rap. Some think that rap music is the source of a negative self-image, especially among young black and Latino children. I believe that we can educate our children about rap music and its roots in poetry, thereby empowering our students to formulate their own thoughts about rap music. We should not allow our children to feel that they MUST relate to the negative images portrayed in all rap music; we must help them interpret what they hear and understand that rap music is defined by its roots in poetry. As a sixth grade teacher in the South Bronx, I have the unique opportunity to share the history of rap music through a performance at a local university, Hostos College, on February 17th, 2006. The Roots of Rap: POETRY is a performance put on by the Interborough Repertory Theater Company and it explores the poetry of Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence, Dunbar, Robert Hayden, and others. My goal is to have a total of 150 students and their teachers attend the performance. Our students will be studying both poetry and black history during the month of February, creating an opportune time for this show. The show will serve as a final event and culmination for the unit designed around black history and poetry. I hear so many of my students saying that they dream about being famous rappers one day just like 50 Cent and Lil' Kim. I applaud them for their ambition, and I try my best to tell students to get a solid education. Although many rappers are talented they are also extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to explore their dreams. My dream is that they will say they want to write poetry just like Langston Hughes and reach the world through poetry and music. Attending The Roots of Rap: POETRY will give me a chance to realize this dream.
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Hostos Community College
(Partially fund admission for the sixth grade class to attend the performance.)
|142 students and 8 teachers||$301.00|
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