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The Mask Workshop – Using Rhyming Couplets (Raps) to Aid in Critical Thinking About One’s Self and Class Material

Artist: Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier

Type: Professional Development

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Jamaal—or “Mr. Root”—is a dedicated and versatile professional Hip Hop artist with more than a decade of experience facilitating workshops and live performances in the Mid-Atlantic region. By incorporating rapping, vocal percussion, and dynamic stage presence, Jamaal articulates his passionate appreciation for his artistry every time he teaches and performs. Jamaal was named the Mic-ology Spoken Word Slam Champion in 2007, and Young Audience Artist of the Year in 2016.


Mr. Root utilizes the art forms of rapping and beatboxing to differentiate and appeal to a variety of learners while maintaining the integrity of the curriculum. This work PD will contain useful information that teachers can use immediately!



-Professors will be more comfortable using rhyming couplets in lessons.

-Templates and step by step guidance will aid in applying to various subjects


*All workshops longer than 90 minutes include an on-site orientation meeting.



Audience Limit: NA

Program Length: 90 minutes

Appropriate for Grades:
1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


Assembly Price: NA

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: NA

Workshop Cost per Day: $500 for 90 minutes, $815 for full day, plus mileage

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fees may apply

Technical Requirements


Curriculum Connections

21st Century Skills
Creative Writing