Rap Video Special (Grades 6-8)
The object of this music education multimedia project is for students to create a 30-minute rap video special where they are to be the writers, performers and producers.
Groups of 4-5 students will be assigned a topic from the following list and are to follow instructions for each topic.
Group 1: Opening Script
Task: Students in this group will write the introduction to the video. This opening needs to be humorous and inviting so the audience stays engaged. Students can include information about their school or mention some of the groups that will be performing. This needs to be catchy and fun!
Group 2: School News
Task: Students in this group will write a news segment that focuses on something special that may be going on in the school that week or month. It could focus on a particular group such as Honor Society, Band, Chorus, Yearbook, etc. or on an upcoming event.
Group 3: Sports
Task: Students in this group will write a sports news broadcast that will cover recent games in 2 or more sports. These teams can either be professional (but local - i.e. NHL, NBA, NFL, etc.) or school/community teams (i.e. Little League, Pee Wee Hockey, etc.). The broadcast needs to include highlights from the games and their scores.
Group 4: Weather
Task: Students in this group will give a weather report for the day of the taping and will forecast the 3 days to follow. Information can be gathered via newspapers, TV, Internet, etc. Visuals are a must including maps.
Group 5: Commercial
Task: Students in this group will make up a product and write a commercial marketing that product. There needs to be a lot of creativity here. The commercial is to be no longer then 1- minute in length.
Group 6: Introduction of Individual Rap Groups
Task: Students will need to make up introductions for the individual raps. They should be no longer then 2-3 sentences and only a couple of minutes in length. The intros need to include the name of the rap or feature and the name of the group.
If there are an uneven number of kids for a group that day or if there is a student who was out sick while working on the project, they could video tape the production.
Individual raps need to be written out for each group and collected.
The video production can then be recorded, edited and converted to AVI, WMF or MPEG format for sharing.
Use of Multimedia
- Word processor
- Camcorder with DVD-RWs (in case of editing) or high quality Webcam
Video editing using Pinnacle (for teacher use), Windows Movie Maker, or Avidemux
- Internet for weather forecasts and school website if applicable for school news and events (see resource section for useful websites).
Interactive Weather Map or the teacher can aid students in using UMapper.