Poetry and Hip Hop: The Art of Storytelling

For children entering grades 6–8

Have fun learning about poetry through hip hop's scope or vice versa! William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest, “I’ll teach you how to flow.” Flow is essential in poetry and hip hop. It is how a poem or song moves. Every day we will discuss the various devices that make a poem flow, such as iambic pentameter, alliteration, rhyme, metaphor, etc. Hip-hop songs and its lyrics also employ these devices. Works from poets and artists such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Amanda Gorman, Audre Lorde, Eminem, and Pulitzer prize winner Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, will be analyzed. We will explore the parallels of poetry and hip hop, and use imagery and rhythm to give voice to our own unique and powerful stories. At the end of the course, students will know the basics of writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective and creative techniques. This will make them stronger writers across all academic disciplines. If you love to write and listen to music come join us!

Session I: June 20–June 30
Early Mornings: 8:15–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Kelly Washington
Cost: $405

  • Grades 6–8