Lesson Overview

High School Social Studies Arts Integration Lesson

2nd Edition Lesson

African American Identity & Music


Students often carry a background knowledge of hip hop culture, larger than many educators. Research shows that the impact of rap music on students living in urban environments has increased in strength and influence over the past decade. In this lesson, students will be examining a poem from the Harlem Renaissance, as well as diving into the analysis of a rap song, to compare society in the 1920s to society in the 1990s through the lens of Black artists.


3-5 Class Sessions

Content Standard

CCSS.ELA- LITERACY.RH.11-12.6 Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.

Arts Standard

DA:Re8.1.6a Develop interpretations of works based on an understanding of the use of elements of music (including form ), compositional techniques, style, function, and context, explaining and justifying how the interpretive choices reflect the creators’ intent.

Additional Lessons to Consider:

historical folk costumes lesson

latin america newscasts lesson

authority and power lesson