The Hip-Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.) was created and designed by Educational Lyrics. H.E.L.P. combines the language and music of the Hip Hop genre to teach reading and writing skills. Based on National Literacy Standards, H.E.L.P. uses Hip Hop lyrics to address different learning styles and teach to multiple intelligences. Our instructors will use H.E.L.P. to connect with the best and the brightest, as well as those students who have unmotivated to read or write. H.E.L.P. addressed the five essential components of effective reading instruction established by the National Reading Panel in 2000 (fluency, phonetics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension).
H.E.L.P. activities include opportunities for students to practice:
-Phonemic awareness and phonic skills, including: identifying, creating, and using rhyming words; studying word families; and reading irregularly spelled words.
-Fluency skills, including: echo and repeated reading, and performance of original writing.
-Vocabulary development, including: explicit and implicit learning of new words, using dictionaries and thesauri, reading sight words, figurative language, and connecting words in their speaking and listening vocabulary to their reading and writing vocabulary.
-Reading comprehension, including: opportunities to read with a purpose comparing texts, using and analyzing poetic devices, identifying explicit and implicit meanings, character studies, and discussion groups.