Deconstructing Reggaeton Music: Degrading Women or Freedom of Speech?

In this lesson, students will analyze a Reggaeton song by popular Puerto Rican recording artist Don Omar and decide whether it is worth banning. The country of Cuba has recently outlawed the music genre known as Reggaeton, which is a fusion of Reggae, Latin, and Hip Hop. Originating in Panama over 20+ years ago and spreading all over Latin America and the U.S., this music is being banned for its aggressive, sexual and obscene lyrics.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Have the students listen to the song and follow the lyrics. Before playing the song, pass out the lyrics sheet, which has an English translation.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, English, Music, Ninth, Pop Culture, Seventh, Social Studies

Alcides Marte

Alcides Marte is a young emerging educator and has worked with youth for five years in Math, Science, Social Studies and tutoring support. Upon realizing his passion for helping youth, Alcides decided to double major in Childhood Education and Psychology and has received a Bachelors of Science from CUNY in NYC. Aside from education, he has always been passionate about music, dancing and staying on top of the latest music news. Next he is planning to enter graduate school to pursue a degree in either Counseling or Speech Language Pathology.