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Interactive video lesson plan for: Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh

Activity overview:

15 questions

1. "To destroy the beauty from which one came." (00:00:56)

2. “Maybe it's hatred I spew; maybe it's food for the spirit” (00:01:19)

3. “Men would rather use their broken weapons than their bare hands” (00:01:50)

4. “I was not born under a rhyming planet” (00:02:16)

5. “The most benevolent king communicates through your dreams” (00:02:40)

6. “Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses can't define” (00:03:14)

7. What does Akala claim hip hop and Shakespeare share? (00:04:27)

8. Sonnet 18
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

What do you think Sonnet 18 is about?

9. Why does Akala ask the audience to put their hands on their hearts? What does this have to do with hip hop or Shakespeare? (00:07:43)

10. Akala says that over ___% of Shakespear's audience could not read or write. (00:09:47)

11. According to Akala, why don't some people believe that William Shakespeare wrote the plays for which he's given credit? (00:10:23)

12. What is the definition of hip hop? (00:10:59)

13. Which hip hop artist does Akala say was most influential to him? (00:13:33)

14. Name 3 plays he mentions in his rap. (00:18:41)

15. Akala says that the point of this presentation and work is all about who becomes the "custodians of knowledge." What does he mean by this? (00:20:17)

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