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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:

Resources

  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:
    http://www.jamphat.com/rap/

  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)

    Tom

  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.

    Tom

  11. on 14 Nov 2007 at 2:06 pmTom

    “What do you think?” in the above comment is a link.
    http://bionicteaching.com/trials/jayz_big.jpg

    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- http://bionicteaching.com/trials/2pac.jpg

    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 [...]

  16. [...] in an English classroom. It’s along the same lines as the remixed “Read” posters Dan started and I did a few of a while [...]