MISSION, Texas (KVEO) -- When you think about your days in high school English class, you probably don't imagine the sound of a deep bass beat pumping in the background, kids nodding their heads, and rapping their lessons.

At Mission IDEA in Mission, Texas, that was the case recently, at least for a few students.

Ninth grade English teacher James Gibson decided to find a way to get his struggling students to the top of the class. The solution: an assignment they could get excited about, making a music video.

"Music not only helps students with writing, but with speaking, oral delivery, a lot of things, intonation. A lot of these things that are actually TEKS, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, that we have to have our students know for the state exam," said Gibson.