Here is a rap I made for my students at the beginning of the year to help them loosen up around each other by letting them know that their teacher is sillier than any of them.
“Why is English Important?”
Lyrics by Adam Hunt
Sample: Dr. No, “The Funk”
English is possibly the most important class you’ll ever take,
exploring ways to divulge the things in your think tank.
Learning to write, and writing to learn,
and flying through reading so fast that it burns,
you become new people, and through their eyes understand
that this life is yours, residing in your hands.
All you have to do is grab the wheel,
then you’ll feel all the steel in you come real,
and then you’ll heal.
After much confusion, you graduate in groups n’
are cast out on your own with no one that you’ve known.
All your high school peeps disperse across universities,
or get in different lines of work from me, with new kinds of security.
Thank God that you learned how to think, write, and speak,
so you can be a Lion instead of a sheep.
Or you can stand up like a human and find yourself pursuing
any beautiful thing you ever dreamed you’d be doing.
Academic success, $$$, or fame,
parenting your kids, or building A-frames:
there’s not a single thing you cannot bring
that language cannot make cha-ching,
or sing, or take wing, or make more fulfilling.
It’ll even make you giant-sized, trade to generalist from specialized, bring a twinkle to your eyes,
and people will think you’re the guy to be hired,
because the person who wins is the person who speaks, reads, and writes.
Y’all don’t seem to get that we’re in a sort of war.
Not the kind with bombs, but it means as much, or more.
It’s fought with sunsets, and upsets,
and friends we won’t forget,
and students3 who are kids that come first.
Penciling your lessons,
crossing diurnal progressions
under the roof of HHS;
you’re competing with the children of the Land of Qin,
of India, and of our own men,
sitting in a building full of fair-to-middling students
who want what you want,
just like kids all over the world want it.
So you better bring it,
and remember that the person who wins
is the person who reads, and speaks, and writes.