The Educators’ Guide to The Message: A Digital Companion

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    “I wish I would have written The Message. The book is a testament to the powerful impact of hip-hop music as both an art form and life force. Pride provides a unique and important perspective for why hip-hop matters.” –Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean? The Message is an intellectual and artistic triumph. Her writing is at once personal, powerful, and prophetic. Her book—inspiring, funny, practical, and spiritual—will be long put to use…” –David E. Kirkland, Assistant Professor of English Education, New York University The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs is a literary mixtape of wisdom that has been culled from the all-time greatest hip-hop songs in which author Felicia Pride examines a wide range of hip-hop songs and artists, interpreting life through their lenses. This free digital companion is designed to be a tool that assists educators who choose to adopt The Message in their classroom. The guide includes the following: · Lesson Plans · Discussion Prompts · “The Message” Project Elements · Extension Activities · Academic Standards · Note from the Author · Plus more! The Message turns the often negative perceptions of hip-hop completely around, offers a fresh perspective on why the culture is loved worldwide, and simultaneously provides motivational material for the hip-hop generation taken from its own unique artistic expression. In her introduction the author writes, “This book is about searching for the power within and using motivational aspects of hip-hop music to help us successfully maneuver our worlds.” The Message unleashes the power in the music and leaves educators and students with a soundtrack of wisdom to incorporate in their own lives and the classroom. The Message resonated with my English students more than most classroom texts, and inspired them to think and write about the music that is meaningful to them. It is a great catalyst for writing, and students expended a great deal of effort in finding connections between music and their worlds, which in turn makes them better, more thoughtful writers.” – Nancy Ferrone, Teacher, FLAGS High School

    About Felicia Pride

    Felicia Pride has been a professional writer and media professional for more than ten years. She’s been featured by USA Today, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of seven books, including The Message, which has been used in educational institutions around the country, and for which she co-developed an interactive enrichment program. Her latest book, To Create is a collection of interviews with black storytellers and media makers. Her YA novel, Patterson Heights, was a 2010 American Library Association Pick for Reluctant Readers. She also wrote two children’s books for Simon & Schuster based on the awarding-winning television show Everybody Hates Chris. Through her firm Pride Collaborative (, she develops creative content projects for an array of clients and is also the founder of The Create Daily ( Currently a Hip-Hop Education Fellow at New York University, Felicia has riffed on media, youth development, popular culture, hip-hop, writing, publishing, and literacy at schools, institutions, and events around the country. She has an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College.

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