These instructions are also on the
We are We Do teacher instructions which are for download as pdf to use
in the classroom.
1. Split the class into bands of 4 to 6 students.
Make sure each band has a We Are We Do Example handout to look
2. Play them the chorus example (track 1 on
CD). Ask the class just to listen to it at first. Then ask them
to clap the rhythm of the words along with the track. Once this
3. Practice rapping the example chorus along
with track 1 on the CD.
Try splitting the whole class into 2 halves
and ask one half to rap and the other half to listen and feedback
on volume, rhythmic accuracy, clarity of diction. Then swap over.
This will improve listening and performance.
4. Now play the full example (track 2 on CD).
Discuss the ways syllables and words have been put in the boxes
and practice the whole class saying the lyrics in time with the
CD. Discuss the verse chorus structure (chorus 2x, verse 1 2x,
then chorus 2x, verse 2 2x,etc). Also have the whole class saying
the compound count along with the example track (1234,2234,3234,4234).
5. Gine each band a worksheet. Ask each band
to compose their own verses. Ask them to think about what they
like and don't like about living in Scotland. Play the backing
track for the bands to practice performing their lyrics in time.
Ask one person in each group to say the compound count out loud
and point at the sheet when practicing.
6. Once bands have practiced their songs put
on a performance. Get each band in turn to stand at the front
of the class and perform their rap to the rest of the class. Remember
to encourage good performance skills - smiling, introducing the
band name slowly and clearly, acknowledging applause at the end.
Ask for X Factor style feedback on the composition and the performance
from the rest of the class - we would suggest moderating this to be positive or constructive feedback only. Why not make a video or audio recording!
Please send us any audio or video recordings
- we'd love to hear them.
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