miércoles, 1 de enero de 2014

Student Contest: Write a Rap About the News of 2013

Every year Flocabulary :The Week in Rap partners with the New York Times Learning Network for the "Year in Rap" contest: students have a chance to write their own raps about major events in 2013. The deadline is January 7, 2014

The Contest Rules: Write Your Own ‘Year in Rap’:

1. The rap should be 12 to 16 lines long.
2. Students should choose at least four important New York Times stories from one of the news categories listed below.
It’s fine to focus on a smaller topic found within a section in The Times. For example, you can write a rap based on just the government shutdown rather than the whole range of national or political news this year. Or, you might focus on 2013 movies rather than covering other news from the Arts section. But you should also feel free to include as many, and as wide a range, of news stories from a particular section as you like. (More about narrowing your choices can be found in this section of the lesson plan.)
Here are the sections from which you can choose:
3. The rap should be original and must follow Learning Network commenting standards, which means no profanity or vulgar language.
4. Submissions must be from students from 13 to 19 years old. (Update:Students can come from anywhere in the world.) No last names please, but an initial is fine, as is a school or class code of some type. (For example, “Ethan G. CHS112.”)
5. Submissions are allowed from partners and teams as well as from individuals — just remember to submit all of your names when you post your rhyme. (This year we’ll judge all entries the same.)
6. One submission per student, please. If you’re submitting as part of a team, you should not also submit as an individual.
7. Raps must be submitted as comments on this post by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 7. If you have questions about the contest, please feel free to post them in the comments section as well, and we’ll answer you there.
8. The top five raps, as judged by The Times and Flocabulary staff using this rubric, will be featured on both The Learning Network and Flocabulary.com.
Because of privacy rules that apply to students under 18, we are asking foronly your lyrics. While we love YouTube videos of young rappers as much as anyone, please don’t post links to them here.

9. Want inspiration? Here are the winners from 2012 and from 2011. Can you top them?

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