Thursday, February 26, 2009


I thought you all rocked today! All of you showed great courage by getting up and sharing your rhymes and your beats. I'm beginning to see the concert take shape.

See you next week!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Graffiti Comp

I think we can put up some serious competition ...

What do you think?

Thursday, February 19, 2009


This week students worked with Def3 on graffiti. Below is some of the work they completed:

Friday, February 6, 2009

Rhyme Schemes

On Wednesday, Mr. Riley, an intern from the university, taught the class about different rhyme schemes employed in Hip Hop music. He outlined five types of rhyme:

End Rhyme - when the last words in lines rhyme
Ex) "I sit on my bed and weep
While I still have eyes to see
When thing is true, you I will never keep
A heart to weep for thee"

Assonance - repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyme
Ex) "Dead in the middle of little Italy, little did we know that we riddled two middle men who didn't do diddly" - Big Pun

Half Rhyme - rhymes that aren't perfect - sometimes called crap rhyme, near rhyme, off rhyme, or imperfect rhyme.
Ex) Ill/shell or dropped/wept

Internal Rhyme - rhyme that occurs within a single line of verse - sometimes called middle rhyme.
Ex) While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping.

Multisyallabic Rhyme - rhyme with two or more syllables
Ex) "Praying for sleep, dreaming with a watering mouth, wishing for a better life for my daughter and spouse, in this slaughtering house, caught up in bouts with the root of all evil. I've seen beautiful people cruel and deceitful." - Eminem

Monday, February 2, 2009

How do we talk about music?

The first week of the Hip Hop Project, students learned terms we use when talking about music. They will continue to use these terms throughout the whole project, as we learn to describe what we hear and create. Below are their initial attempts at using some of the specialized vocabulary to describe a song they like.

First Week Reflection

We are one week into the HHPv2, and the first week was a busy one! See the student comment section for a sense of how our students feel about the HHP so far...

1. What was your favourite part of week 1? Why?
2. What were you excited to learn? Why?
3. How does project-based learning compare to what you normally do in school? Which do you like better? Why?