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Enter the Cipher

Get familiar with the cipher and find ways to enhance your writing.

Participants will need a Lyricism 101 journal (supplied by the Club) to use throughout the activities or access to open and upload a document.

In hip-hop culture, the cipher represents 360 degrees, a completion of thought, the continuum, and the giving/exchanging of energy or information.

Even in the computer lab setting, it is important to establish the culture of the cipher. It creates a safe space where young people feel comfortable being collaborative, creative and open.

Review handouts ahead of time so that you can answer any questions.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
Headphones
PencilAndPaper
WritingProgram
WiFiInternet
 

STEP 1
TIME: 10 MINUTES

A, B, Cipher

In hip-hop culture, the cipher represents 360 degrees, a completion of thought, the continuum, and the giving/exchange of energy or information. Even in the computer lab, you can participate in your own personal cipher.

Let’s take a closer look at the art of writing to enhance your skills.

Alliteration is the repetition of a similar sound in a stream of words or within a series of phrases. Alliteration also helps artists memorize their work.

In your journal or in a computer document, make a list of as many words as you can that start with the same letter. Begin with A and make a list for every other letter of the alphabet. For example, A = apple, ants, announce, absolute, C= cat, carrot, car, crash, Club.

In your journal or on your computer, complete the Alliteration handout.
Explain to participants that alliteration gives writing a musical quality. Because of its phonetic impact, it also helps people learn and remember the verses of a song. Along with rhyme, alliteration is a fun way to make the work of youth sound good when performed.

Alliteration is the repetition of a similar sound in a stream of words or within a series of phrases. Often, alliteration strings words together with the same consonant sound to create a lyrical, rhythmical effect. An example is “the big baby bounced on the blue ball.”

Review the handouts Alliteration and Remix: Extending Alliteration so that you can answer any questions. Click here to see the answer key for Remix: Extending Alliteration. You’ll also find the key in the Lyricism 101 Program Guide.

STEP 2
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Speech to the Young

Renowned poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem, “Speech to the Young” is a great example of alliteration in poetry.

The poem is part of the Remix: Extending Alliteration handout. Click here to read and listen to “Speech to the Young.”

Help members access the link to the poem "Speech to the Young."

STEP 3
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Remix: Extending Alliteration

Take another look at the poem “Speech to the Young.” In your journal or on your computer, complete the Remix: Extending Alliteration handout.

Ask your staff for help checking your answers on the handout.
Tell members to download the Remix: Extending Alliteration handout.

Remind participants to use their journals or open a document on their computers.

When everyone is done, review the answers using the answer key to Remix: Extending Alliteration.

STEP 4
TIME: 3 MINUTES

Reflection

Looking back at the steps in this activity, do you see what rap and poetry have in common?

Jot down your answers in your journal or on your computer.
Tell members to look back at the steps in this activity. Ask them if they see what poetry and rap have in common.

Verbally recognize participants and their accomplishments.

STEP 5
TIME: 2 MINUTES

Save Your Work

Notify your staff that you’ve completed this activity

Turn your journal in to your Club staff or upload your work on the computer.

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