Student Publication: Lauren Kelly

| June 10, 2013

“This article was initially written as a proposal to the director of secondary English Language Arts at the school district in which I teach. I was seeking approval to create and teach an elective class on hip-hop literature in the English department at the high school where I work. A year after the proposal was submitted, the course offering was released in the following year’s course offering booklet. I subsequently revised and submitted the proposal as an article for publication in the hopes that other educators might be encouraged to make a similar case for hip-hop education in their schools, and that perhaps we can begin a movement in public education toward classes on critical media literacy and critical hip-hop literacy that goes beyond the superficial and asks both educators and students to take a closer look at popular media and the ways in which it influences individuals, communities, and education.”

— Lauren Kelly