RAP





 Poetry Description:

This poem is similar to rap music today. It contains strong rhyme and rhythm.

 

Applications for History Class:

            These poems can be about people, events or experiences. Students love to write rap poems. They love to perform these in front of the class. You may want to video tape these to show others. Students may want to work together since these poems can be challenging.

 

Directions:

Write a poem with a very strong rhythm. Rhyme scheme is very important, but it may follow just about any pattern. It may be about people, events or experiences. It should sound especially good when read out loud to a background rhythm. Raps written in school should adhere to the schoolÕs policy on language and subject.

 

Sample: 


 

Write you Cuneiform, do it right,


And do make sure, that itÕs done right.

I say hey, hey, I say it twice, 


Do it or youÕll pay the price.

 

Get your stylus, write it all down,

Do it now without a sound!

ÔCause IÕm a scribe, and you can see,

You better not try to mess with me!


 

I say hey, hey, what did you say?


Someone threw your clay away?


I say hip, hop, IÕll call your pop,


So all these excuses better stop.

 

I say hop, hip, donÕt give me lip!

DonÕt you try to give me the slip!

ÔCause IÕm a scribe and you can see,

You better not try to mess with me!

 

You made your stylus from some reeds

You need to write to keep track of seeds

You will keep track of pharaohÕs taxes

You count his stuff, while he relaxes

 

In PharaohÕs school, we are real strict

So donÕt pretend that you are sick

ÔCause IÕm a scribe and so you see,

You better not try to mess with me!