Reflection: Lesson Planning Multiple Central Ideas: James McBride's "Hip-hop Planet" Day 2 - Section 3: Continued Group Discussion: Analyzing Multiple Central Ideas


The video really helped.  Even though hip-hop is such a central part of the music they listen to, they really had no idea of its origin; even the rap mavens in the room thought it started with “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash—two hip-hop songs that made it into mainstream popular culture.  So it was eye-opening to see how localized the trend was at its beginnings, and how circumstances of life in the Bronx led to it.  Even though McBride explains this history, he does it in a way that there had to be some initial knowledge to get it—I didn’t realize that even though he explains in some detail, it is still only enough to be an allusion requiring understanding rather than a detailed historical account.   

When we discussed the questions, and in particular the two with quotes from other people, it was interesting that the students are very good at analyzing the quotes, and analyzing a central idea in an essay, but not as adept and comparing and contrasting the two to develop more complex analysis, recognizing what is and isn’t in each analysis by comparing the two.  This was particularly evident in the students’ written answers; most of the students, when answering the question about David Brooks, wrote that they would agree with each other.   By asking students to look at word choices in our discussion, some recognized that Brooks’ use of words like “wretched” and referring to hip hop as “gangsta rap” gives a negative impression of hip-hop’s influence, which is different than McBride’s.  So, it turned out to be a productive lesson today, and also showed that I will need to focus more on these skills going forward.

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Multiple Central Ideas: James McBride's "Hip-hop Planet" Day 2

Unit 8: Thematic Unit: Popular Culture
Lesson 4 of 16

Objective: SWBAT recognize how an author develops more than one central idea in a text through a close reading of James McBride's essay "Hip-hop Planet."

Big Idea: An author can weave multiple central ideas into one text by using different types of evidence and intricate structure.

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structure (Composition Basics), English / Language Arts, Reading, Nonfiction (Reading), evidence, main ideas, context, rhetorical analysis, conceptual framework
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