This just makes me laugh, and yet it's a damn fine idea.

Using hip hop as a teaching tool for English.

Go take a look at Flocabulary

The piece that actually left me chuckling on this snowy wet morning was this. A Hip hopped up Cliffs Notes version of Romeo and Juliet.

I love the idea - speaking to kids using a medium they're comfortable with. In no way do I think this should replace a full and careful reading with explanations by the teacher, but for some children there's a lot of ground to cover before they're able or ready to be successful in such an endeavor.

Kudos to The Mighty Red Pen for coming up with this. For those who don't read it, I highly recommend it. It's funny and educational - it doesn't get much better than that!