FRESH ED

A Field Guide to Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.” - Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas

The Fresh Ed Field Guide is a standards-based curriculum that acknowledges and capitalizes on young peoples’ love of music by reframing the way content is presented. In other words, Fresh Ed uses Hip Hop Music and youth culture to make ELA and social studies content accessible to middle school students who otherwise might find it foreign or irrelevant. Its culturally responsive design is specifically informed by the ideas presented in “A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching” (Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg).

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INSIDE THE CURRICULUM


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Fresh Pedagogy

This curriculum acknowledges that students are not empty vessels, but contain a breadth of knowledge that help shape and inform the classroom experience. The students' prior knowledge is integrated into the academic structure of lesson plans to engage and incite critical thinking.
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Social Emotional Learning

This section is intended to build community, relationships, and understanding between students and educators. These activities are broken up into three categories: The Three Class Commandments, icebreakers, and team builders.
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Process Drama Activities

Process Drama puts the student in- role as participants in history and literature, thereby increasing their empathy and expanding their perspectives of Social Studies and English Language Arts. Included in the curriculum are 29 dramatic activities that can be used interchangeably to implement culturally responsive pedagogy and liven up the classroom.
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Music Instruction

Fresh Ed requires students to compose and arrange songs using primary and secondary sources. Each song is an explication of content-related vocabulary and concepts. The music section consists of 4 music activities and 5 music lessons.

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English Language Arts

There are 6 ELA lesson plans focusing on literacy strategies ranging from deciphering metaphors from similes, understanding characterization writing an argumentative essay, and improving grammar, all by harnessing youth culture.
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Social Studies

The curriculum provides 14 6th and 7th Grade Social Studies lesson plans that use process drama, youth culture, and performative assessments to boost students' academic achievement.
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Fresh Tracks

Our in-house label of artists and educators, called Fresh Produce, create the original Hip Hop songs used in English Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms that incorporates standards based academic content. In the curriculum, there is a web link to download all 17 of the Fresh Ed songs and their associated lyric sheets.
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Projects

At the end of the guide are suggested projects that incorporate digital technology, some of which have been created specifically for this program. The projects can span the course of a week, month, or semester.

CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES

Fresh Ed activities are building blocks for learning that can be used to introduce, apply, or reflect on the academic content being explored. Fresh Ed recommends that activities be placed in the categories listed but the activities can be used interchangeably.

HOOK ACTIVITIES

Hook (introduction) activities are short exercises designed to actively engage and inspire interest in the lesson’s academic content.

CHORUS ACTIVITIES

Chorus (application) activities are designed to deepen understanding of the academic content explored in the lesson.

BRIDGE ACTIVITIES

Bridge (reflection) activities are designed to assess student comprehension of academic content.

 

“We spend the rst year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

 
The Fresh Ed Annotator is a creative engagement application designed to help students forge a personal connection with educational content through play. Content is delivered in the form of Fresh Ed-produced rap lessons which include keywords that students can annotate with drawings, their own audio, text, or video. Students can play back and live-jam to their annotations.
enlighten-me
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watch-ya-language
play
a-nation-divided
play
Metaphors-Similes-Album-Cover
play
F-Ed-Vinyl-Fist-Nations
play
F-Ed-Vinyl-Geography
play
F-Ed-Vinyl-Civilizations
play
F-Ed-Vinyl-Proof
play