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ERIC Number: EJ864095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Rapping the 27 Amendments to the Constitution
Knaresborough, Adam
Social Education, v73 n7 p342-343 Nov-Dec 2009
Early in the year, the students of history and government at Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia, began to devise hand motions to help memorize the 27 amendments to the Constitution for government class. Three students in the school who are interested in hip hop music then suggested composing a rap song about the topic. Working with the text of the amendments would be not only educational, but cool, and the result would be a unique creation. Although students found that reading or listening to the rap could be helpful, the most powerful mnemonic aid for students is probably the act of writing their own rap. Not everyone is a gifted poet, but any student can be asked to summarize several of the constitutional amendments in his or her own words. In this article, the author presents a 50-minute classroom activity that challenges students to be creative while "engaging the amendments." A variation on this activity is also provided. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution