The Cell Theory Song Mr. Tamez Lyrics: CHORUS All living things are composed of cells Cells are the basic units of structure and function in living things Ne...
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This is a Youtube video with text lyrics of the "Cell Theory Song". It is a rap song, written and performed by Jeramey Tamez. This video has been specifically designed for high school biology classes on cell theory and its history.
The chorus is a repetition of the three parts of cell theory, presented in a manner that could only be described as "catchy".
Most of the verses are rapped and follow, chronologically, the contributions of various figures to the development of cell theory.
The song is fun, novel and catchy while being considerably light-hearted, which makes it easy to listen to, while rhyme and rhythm make key words, phrases and concepts more memorable.
The use of written lyrics accompanying the song makes it more appropriate for those with hearing impairment as well as those who may learn visually.
The language used throughout the video is casual and occasionally uses slang terms popular with younger people. This could potentially be an issue for students not from an English speaking background.
Beyond that, scientific concepts are presented in conversational language, making them more accessible to most students.
This video could be presented as either and introduction to cell theory, but would perhaps function more effectively as a revision aid at the end of this topic for a Stage 4 class. This is because students may gain more from it if they already recognise the concepts and names of notable figures.
This video could also be used as a starting point to encourage students to come up with their own creative ways in which to revise and recall content. Such an activity could potentially act as an assessment task, in a creative-arts oriented class.
One weakness here is the poor quality use of autotune. There is also a possibility that students will be too caught up in the music or novelty to fully listen to the lyrical content.