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Investigating the Harlem Renaissance
The work of Langston Hughes opens the door to research into the origin and legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and how the literature of the period can be viewed as a commentary on race relations in America. In addition, groups are assigned one critical approach to use to analyze Hughes’ play, Mulatto: A Play of the Deep South.
11th - 12th Language Arts 34 Views 212 Downloads
The Harlem Renaissance Births a Black Culture
Students examine the men and women who were a part of the Harlem Renaissance. Individually, they recreate their favorite pieces of art from the time period and create their own original works after reading poem from the movement. In groups, they discuss the conditions of Harlem that made it possible for the Harlem Renaissance to occur.
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 155 Downloads
The Harlem Renaissance
Beauty, art, and truth is the creed of the poet, and the Harlem Renaissance was all of those things. Discover the reasons for the great migration north, the poets, musicians, and artists that were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Slides contain images and great information on many influential people of the time, as well as their contributions to modern American culture.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 27 Views 61 Downloads
Race and Ethnicity in the 1920s
What was life like for African-Americans during the 1920s? It was filled with acute racism, gross mistreatment, and powerful Black leaders. Learn about The Great Debate, Tulsa Race Riots, the rise of the KKK, The NAACP, and Marcus Garvey. The Harlem Renaissance is also discussed.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 30 Views 43 Downloads
A Renaissance of Jazz and Poetry
Students explore, analyze, study and read a variety of poems and listen to jazz that have their roots in the Harlem Renaissance. They then discuss the similarities and differences of themes in the works of different poets and composers.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 51 Downloads
Students discover the Harlem Renaissance. In this early 20th century lesson, students use various primary sources including handouts, worksheets, maps, music, and poetry to examine aspects of African American culture. Students will engage in a series of activities geared at answering the days 'Big Idea'.
6th - 8th Language Arts 39 Views 285 Downloads
How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change
"Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be change agents as communities re-think themselves?" Watch as curator Thelma Golden re-imagines the museum as a think tank and explores the capacity of artists to understand and re-write history.
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Black History Special: Inside the Harlem Renaissance
Eleventh graders research the Harlem Renaissance, identifying the major African-Americans and issues associated with the Harlem Renaissance. They develop and create a video documentary on the Harlem Renaissance.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series: Removing the Mask
Describe, analyze, compare and contrast poets from the Harlem Renaissance. Critical thinkers analyze the imagery, characterization, tone, symbolism, and historical context of Jacob Lawrence, Helene Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. A great lesson plan to add a poetry inspired art project to.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 19 Downloads
Bold & Bright in Harlem
Students research and explore the Harlem Renaissance and its rich history to create a bold, bright drawing illustrating everyday stories of people in their community. They research William H. Johnson, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.
1st - 10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
The Harlem Renaissance: Black American Traditions
Students examine the time period of the Harlem Renaissance. As a class, they are introduced to five artists and discuss their art and techniques. Using the internet, they also research the philosophers of the time period and how situations were different after the movement.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 61 Downloads
Young scholars investigate the African American culture in the 1920's and the Harlem Renaissance. They read and analyze poems written by poets of the Harlem Renaissance, listen to jazz music and identify the characteristics of the music, and answer a discussion question.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 44 Views 120 Downloads
The Harlem Renaissance or "If Renaissance Means Rebirth, Where Is the Baby?"
Students examine the significance of the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American history lesson, students investigate images and biographies about African Americans who contributed writing and art during the time period. Students use KWL charts and notes to determine how the work of artists and writers reflected the changing society.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 8 Views 59 Downloads
Stroking the Senses: The Literature, Music, and Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Learners investigate the history of African Americans by researching Harlem. In this culture lesson, students examine a slide-show of images and identify the great African American singers and performers of the 20th century. Learners recite important quotes from the era and explore the beautiful music made in the Harlem Renaissance.
K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 22 Views 125 Downloads
Inside The Harlem Renaissance
Students explore the Harlem Renaissance to discover where, when, and why it took place and who was associated with the experience. They decide what are the most informative facts, interesting people, and events in this lesson.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 26 Downloads
Exploring the Harlem Renaissance Through Primary Sources
Students investigate the history of African Americans by researching art and culture. In this Harlem Renaissance lesson, students complete a graphic organizer based on the artistic and musical history of Harlem in the early 1900's. Students discuss the positive effect it had on African Americans and identify some of the famous individuals such as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen.
3rd - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 35 Downloads