Language Arts

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Rap CD teaches English with cool beats and memorable lyrics.

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Positive Messages

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

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What 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
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material in middle-school curricula, and teaching those concepts via clever
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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
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each song. The "Original Track" presents the complete song at its normal
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tempo, the "Downtempo Track" presents the complete song at a reduced tempo,
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the "Recall Track™" feature eliminates key words and phrases from the
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lyrics, and the "Instrumental Track" provides a karaoke-style version
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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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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