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Master Your Speech

I’ve been enjoying The Jose Vilson quite a bit lately. Kindred rap enthusiasts are rare in this job and awhile back I promised him some sort of rap / English classroom poster. Making good on that here:


  1. high-res jpeg: master your speech
  2. layered psd: master your speech
  3. google large images search: talib kweli
  4. lyrics sheet: “holy moly,” talib kweli
  5. photoshop tutorial: “using light and shade to bring text to life
  6. free font: blackletter
  7. great conversation: rap for english

16 Responses to “Master Your Speech”

  1. on 12 Nov 2007 at 12:53 pmjose

    As a certain Denzel Washington / Frank Lucas would say in American Gangster, “My man …” I like this a lot, and I’m definitely going to hop on this. Peace.

  2. on 12 Nov 2007 at 1:26 pmjose

    By the way, I read your comments on the “Rap for English” blog, and you took the words right out of my mouth. Well done.

  3. […] for linking me on the Carnival of Education. And a special shout-out to Dan, who not only made me this great poster, but also linked me to a dope discussion on using rap in English (ELA) class. His comments on the […]

  4. on 12 Nov 2007 at 3:28 pmJoel

    I really enjoy reading your views on design and presentation. Wonderful stuff here! I wish more teachers had that kind of an understanding of visual design.

  5. on 13 Nov 2007 at 1:22 amrobertogreco

    Now spin these into rap / math classroom posters:

  6. on 13 Nov 2007 at 6:31 pmjose

    First off, that link above this comment pales in comparison to this poster. Secondly, I actually printed out the poster you have on here. Thanks a mil.

  7. on 14 Nov 2007 at 5:27 amTom

    I have never been so inspired. This is, without a doubt, my favorite post of all time. robertogreco’s link is also great.

    I’m going on a poster designing spree. Hope you don’t mind the idea theft. (not that I’d stop, but I’d at least feel bad)


  8. on 14 Nov 2007 at 5:29 amTom

    While it’s not Jay-Z’s at the time- the line “read a book you illiterate son of a bitch and step up yo vocab” is in the song Big Pimpin’.

    I’ve always wanted to use that.

  9. on 14 Nov 2007 at 10:23 amdan

    Man, wish I could find Jay in high-res. “Step Up Yo’ Vocab” is a great line.

  10. on 14 Nov 2007 at 2:05 pmTom

    What do you think? A little plain, I think I’ll add some individual words that are a little above level but it’s decent.

    The above comment about stealing was a joke (on the Internet it’s harder to gauge my sense of humor or maybe I’m an ass in real life). Let me know if you’re ok with my posting a few of these.


  11. on 14 Nov 2007 at 2:06 pmTom

    “What do you think?” in the above comment is a link.

    That’s what I get for trying to be fancy.

  12. on 14 Nov 2007 at 3:41 pmjose

    That’s hot. I’m stealing this, too.

  13. on 14 Nov 2007 at 5:04 pmTom

    Had to make another one. This time with Tupac-

    It’s hard to get decent pictures of rappers though. Most of them suck in terms of quality and size. I’m trying to stylize them enough that it won’t matter much.

  14. […] at Bionic Teaching makes three rap-themed classroom posters, showing up my lonely offering. I’ll get him for that. Until then, check out the Jay-Z, which is especially […]

  15. […] to see ianvirgil actually print out and use the TuPac poster from this post (which was inspired by Dan’s post ). Funny how distance no longer matters- as they’re both in CA and I’m way to the right […]

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