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Student Contest | Celebrate 2011 by Writing Raps About the Year’s News – NYTimes.com

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO ENTER: Do your students want to be rappers when they grow up? Here is a fun contest through the New York Times and Flocabulary!

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Each December, we take a look back at the year’s big news with quizzes, teaching ideas and a roundup of links to interesting retrospectives around the Web. And since we’re big fans, every year we link to Flocabulary’s Year in Rap.

Flocabulary is an online learning platform that features educational songs, videos and resources for grades K-12. For the last two years, Flocabulary has created a Year in Rap as a supplement to its popular Week in Rap, which is produced in partnership with Channel One News.

This year we thought it would be fun to formally collaborate with them and offer a contest in which students are invited to write lyrics for their own mini “Years in Rap.” Since Flocabulary is in the business of using rap for teaching and learning, they were enthusiastic — and even offered to provide a lesson plan to guide teachers or students new to composing in rhyme.

Below, you’ll find the contest rules, the lesson plan and a rubric to show what we’ll be looking for in the lyrics your students post. The contest deadline is Jan. 6.

Meanwhile, Flocabulary will release its 2011 edition of the Year in Rap on Dec. 16 and we’ll feature it right here on the Learning Network. So remember to tune in!

Read the full article and see all the contest rules at Student Contest | Celebrate 2011 by Writing Raps About the Year’s News – NYTimes.com.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.