What’s the difference between the Week in Rap and the Week in Rap Junior?


The Week in Rap Junior is like the Week in Rap but aged down for elementary school students in grades 3-5. While it excludes any stories that aren’t appropriate for young students, the stories for Week in Rap Junior are picked according to the same general rubric:

  • Related to standards
  • Related to students’ lives
  • Ability to spark meaningful discussion and critical thought
  • A glimpse at the wider world
  • Major news

With the Week in Rap Junior, we never cover stories that relate to violence or sex. We exercise extreme caution when we cover any stories that involve death, terrorism or war, making sure that they’re presented in a way that is grade appropriate.  We also avoid stories that are overly complicated and would be very difficult to explain to a 4th grader. 

When necessary, we make a few other changes to the Week in Rap to make it “Junior,” including:

  • Simplifying language
  • Presenting more background information
  • Sometimes covering an additional story that is geared toward young students

As with its older cousin, our goal with the Week in Rap Junior is to help students learn about the wide world, promote curiosity and make connections across the subject areas, all while building key literacy and critical thinking skills.


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