Rapping Romeo and Juliet: Supporting Students’ Understanding of Text Through Their Existing Literacy

Elaine Wang


With the belief that my class of grade 9 Applied English students possessed a rich literacy, I drew on their existing literacy in the context of studying “Romeo and Juliet”. For the culminating assignment, students produced rap lyrics that demonstrated their understanding of the text and attention to language. Through this I learned that educators should consider activating and building upon students’ existing competencies.


literacy; New Literacy Studies; multiple literacies, critical literacy, identity

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