Writing Your Own “Epic Rap Battle”

In this lesson, students will demonstrate an understanding of two historical figures and their opposing ideologies by writing their own “Epic Rap Battles of History.” They will also exercise their debate and persuasive writing skills.


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

Lesson Plan

If your students are not already familiar with the YouTube sensation "Epic Rap Battles of History," give them some time to explore the channel. Have them focus on the three videos above as they feature political and historical figures (as opposed to others that feature Mario and Darth Vader).

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Lesson tags: Creative Writing, Eighth, Eleventh, History, Music, Ninth, Pop Culture, Tenth

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown Cassie Brown is an award-winning playwright and performer as well as an experienced educator. Cassie currently teaches enrichment classes in magic, model airplane building, and outdoor adventure skills. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development in addition to a Bachelor's in Film Studies with a minor in Education. Cassie honed her understanding of student-centered education while at Sesame Street, where she spent years learning the value of combining entertainment with education.