Language Arts

Common Sense Media says

Rap CD teaches English with cool beats and memorable lyrics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Excellent messages about developing verbal and writing skills while having fun making music with your friends.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this imaginative CD, part of the Rhythm Rhyme
Results educational
rap music series, teaches English in an unforgettable rap
format that actually sounds authentic. There's no objectionable content
to worry about for younger kids, and
parents may find them useful too, for helping with homework.

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What's the story?

Relaying a message with music isn't new. But deconstructing the more complex
material in middle-school curricula, and teaching those concepts via clever
music and lyrics, has never worked all that well -- until now. As on the other offerings in the series, LANGUAGE ARTS offers four versions of
each song. The "Original Track" presents the complete song at its normal
tempo, the "Downtempo Track" presents the complete song at a reduced tempo,
the "Recall Track™" feature eliminates key words and phrases from the
lyrics, and the "Instrumental Track" provides a karaoke-style version
without lead vocals.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The genius of the Rhythm Rhyme Results series lies partly in
the care taken to identify crucial concepts, and partly in the talent applied
to presenting them in musical form. The Language Arts CD presents ten lessons,
including "Verb Tense," "Parts of Speech," and "Figurative Language," set to
music that is clever, contemporary, and beautifully performed and produced. The
motivational "Sit Down & Write" is a highlight that sums up the importance
of the written word for scribes of all ages.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using music to teach a lesson or

  • relay a message. Do you think these songs will make the lessons easier to

  • understand and remember?

Music details

Artist:Rhythm Rhyme Results
Release date:April 3, 2008
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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