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
I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school teacher, former graduate student, and current head of teaching at Desmos. More here.


  1. jose

    November 12, 2007 - 12:53 pm

    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. jose

    November 12, 2007 - 1:26 pm

    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. Joel

    November 12, 2007 - 3:28 pm

    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.

  4. jose

    November 13, 2007 - 6:31 pm

    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.

  5. Tom

    November 14, 2007 - 5:27 am

    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)


  6. Tom

    November 14, 2007 - 5:29 am

    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.

  7. dan

    November 14, 2007 - 10:23 am

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

  8. Tom

    November 14, 2007 - 2:05 pm

    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.


  9. jose

    November 14, 2007 - 3:41 pm

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

  10. Tom

    November 14, 2007 - 5:04 pm

    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.