A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this imaginative CD, part of the Rhythm Rhyme
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.
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?
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.