Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the
Hip-Hop Poetry and The Classicsby Alan Lawrence Sitomer
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Hip-Hop's literary and artistic merits are evident when compared to classic poetry and it's easy to link the great poets of the past to the contemporary Hip Hop poets of today: compare Robert Frost to Public Enemy, Shakespeare to Eminem, and Shelley to the Notorious B.I.G. This interactive workbook-style format is fun for teachers and students, as it illuminates the art of the written word with in-depth analysis of poetic literary devices, writing activities, and other innovative methods.
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After reading Homeboyz with my class, I was quite impressed by Sitomer's style and ordered Hip Hop Poetry & The Classics. This was a great book to add to my toolbox. It is broken down by topic/poetic device and provides both a classic and hip-hop example for each. The contemporary poetry really engages the students while at the same time teaching them the fundamentals of poetry.
Even though this is my 10th year teaching English, I don't consider myself very proficient on the subject of poetry. The writers of this book helped me understand the basics plus gave me ideas to hook my kids onto the idea that poetry is relevant to them. I know next to nothing about hip-hop, but all the selections are really interesting and fun to read, and the kids love them. So far, I've used the exercises on allusion, rhyme scheme and the sonnet, and I've a great experience with all of them. I would definitely buy this book again, and I'm looking forward to buying their next one!
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This book has been needed for like about a zillion years now. It's just too dope for words. Got all the tighest rhymers showing there genius up against the those 'classic' poet dudes who died many years ago. If you like Hip-Hop, you need this book!