This week was the first for student led discussion and presentation. In three parts we examined what we know of Hip Hop music, how we hear it and how we see it. Finally, we discussed how the music and videos can be used to teach across fields of study.
Using the song and video, 'Read a Book,' a heavily explicit media object from 2006 in the style of Crunk, classmates were asked to first, listen to the song and write down who the assumed target audience could be and any intial thoughts or feelings they may have. Second, we viewed the video while writing again, the assumed target audience and secondary thoughts. These exercises were used to inform us how audiences receive information. We all know our life experience and backgrounds inform how we see and hear information, but this in-class excersice really exposed the differences. Some heard the song as an informational, "how to be" song and others heard a joke (I observed lol moments from a few).
Using Think-Pair-Share, we engaged in discussion of how songs like this one can be used in our respective fields of expertise as a tool for teaching. In areas of Social Work and mental Health, the song can be used to examine blame and victim blaming in the syste of structural racism. In Playwriting, intentionality of ones words to convey your truest message to audiences was discussed. Finally, looking at the culture war of respectability in History classes.
This week's class pushed us to examine the ways we hear, see and understand texts. Being more informed of the ways we consume media and media objects can lead to a more robust discussion in our teaching classrooms. One that addresses inclusivity, diversity of bodies and voices, and finally makes our learning about the past more relatable to our present and futures.
Link to the Prezi used to help guide any future use in your classrooms here.