Song, Rap, Rhyme or Poem

Type of strategy: Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap

Use with small groups to solidfy meaning on a topic.


  1. Form small groups of 3-4 participants.
  2. Ask groups to write a song, rap, rhyme, or poem that focus on the content or topic of study.
  3. Provide time for groups to practice.
  4. Have groups share their song, rap, rhyme, or poem with the whole group.

 It is easier to recall song lyrics than conversation because a song's beat, melody, and harmony assist the brain in carrying semantic information (Jensen, 2001). Music also connects multiple brain sites by activating and synchronizing neurons' firing patterns (Jensen, 2001). As read in Marcia Tate, Sit and Get" Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain.



Submitted by: Jennifer Arns