Hip Hop Dance Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

There are many types of music for students to fall in love with, including hip hop. Explore with your students the world of hip hop and its unique subculture through a text lesson and an activity that allows students to develop their own rap songs. Find related lessons and lesson extensions for further learning.

Lesson Objectives

Following this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • summarize the history of hip hop in America
  • describe elements belonging to the subculture of hip hop, from the attire to the slang
  • identify hip hop music among other styles of music


  • 45 minutes plus 45 minutes for the activity


  • Video lesson displayed for the class

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)


Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Key Terms

  • Hip hop
  • Hip hop subculture
  • Break-dancing
  • Bronx
  • Rapping

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