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KEXP Documentaries Lesson Plans
KEXP Documentaries Lesson Plans are interdisciplinary, interactive lessons for grades 6-12 that incorporate KEXP documentaries. They help students learn about different types of music, and the people, places, and history behind them. The lessons fit within international, national, and state public learning standards in a variety of subjects: media literacy, language arts, music, visual and performing arts, and social studies. The idea behind KEXP Lesson Plans is that education is a fun and creative process. These lessons aim to get students excited about discovering new music and themselves.


# 4 The Art of Turntablism for grades 6-12

Based on the KEXP Documentary series “Masters of Turntablism,” this lesson focuses on DJs, Turntablists, and their techniques. Learn about the masters and their craft.

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Kid Koala - Photo by Dave Lichterman

# 3 Hip-Hop, Identity, and Place for grades 9-12

Based on the KEXP Documentary series “Hip-Hop – The New Seattle Sound,” this lesson explores the theme of personal and social identity through the lens of hip-hop culture. Make connections between hip-hop art forms and your own personal journey.

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# 2 Alphabets of Expression for grades 6-8

Based on the KEXP Documentary series “Hip-Hop – The New Seattle Sound,” this lesson is about the languages of visual art and dance in hip-hop culture. Speak rhythmically about graffiti, perform a play about what makes it controversial, and develop your own style.

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# 1 What is Hip-Hop? for grades 6-12

Based on the KEXP Documentary series “Masters of Turntablism,” this lesson explores the roots of hip-hop music and culture from the 1970s to the present day. Learn about hip-hop’s original creators and its main elements.

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