Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Lesson Plans and Film Modules

This lesson examines the many different voices in the film and allows students to reach their own conclusions about and evince their own responses to these points of view. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

This lesson delves deeper into understanding how gender roles, especially around manhood, are produced and projected in society as a whole and within hip-hop. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

This lesson analyzes rap music lyrics and their impact on the listener, paying particular attention to misogynistic and homophobic content. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

This lesson asks the taboo questions and challenges the listener to consider the role homophobia in hip-hop plays in maintaining the one-dimensional definition of masculinity that boxes in both men and hip-hop. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

This lesson provides students with an opportunity to do their own media research on and analysis of how media images are manufactured and marketed. (includes 1 film module)

From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Community Classroom 7

About this collection

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a groundbreaking film that examines representations of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. It is a “loving critique” of certain disturbing developments in rap music culture from the point of view of a fan who challenges the art form’s representations of masculinity.

Lesson plans and film clips engage students in discussions about gender, race, and community values. Each generation expresses itself in a new musical genre, and hip-hop is the voice of today’s youth. With these resources, student can better listen, understand, and respond.

Subject areas: Social Studies, Language Arts, Ethnic Studies, U.S. History, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Art/Music, Current Events