Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz


As the founders and trailblazers mature, and sadly depart this life, a new generation is left behind with limited to no knowledge of the influence hip-hop has on current popular culture locally, nationally, or internationally. Research for this learning intervention determines what and how local hip-hop history incorporates into a social studies/history course with high school (9-12 grade) students, bridging local stories to the national and international trends and events of the past. Informal discussions took place with local hip-hop subject-matter experts throughout the northeast region of New England with ties to Massachusetts. Their recommendations were to wrestle with the complexities of the origins and local history of hip-hop culture through the lens of social, political, and economic influences and contributions, encouraging that the learners develop critical thinking skills to advance understanding of hip-hop culture in their local community. The learning intervention uses multi-media objects that are appropriate for the literacy level of the students and provides opportunity for participants to use digital tools for project work.