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The Harlem Renaissance Movement and its Music
Harlem Renaissance lesson plans can bring the music, poetry, and literature of this time period alive.
The Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance inspired a group of writers, musicians, and artists whose influence is still seen today.
Music and Art of the Harlem Renaissance
The music of the Harlem Renaissance can provide a way for students to learn about musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong.
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'. This lesson includes web resources, assessments, a 5 station activity, and worksheets.
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.
Identifying the Social and Cultural Context of a Period - The New Negro and the Harlem Renaissance
Students explore the social and cultural context of the Harlem Renaissance. Students take notes on post-it notes while watching videos about the Harlem Renaissance. Students define words used to describe African Americans during the nineteenth century and the Renaissance. Students complete topic-related handouts and write an essay for the lesson.
The Harlem Renaissance Births a Black Culture
Learners 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.
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. To end the lesson, they create their own artwork based on the techniques of the five artists examined at the beginning of the lesson.
Students 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.
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 plan, 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.
Stroking the Senses: The Literature, Music, and Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Students 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. Students recite important quotes from the era and explore the beautiful music made in the Harlem Renaissance.
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.
The Harlem Renaissance
Students, after researching/analyzing the movement "Harlem Renaissance" and Africa as well as reading literature from that time period, create lists of the major characteristics of the movement and its important writers. They bridge the gap between the social and political implications of this time period.
Exploring the Harlem Renaissance Through Primary Sources
Students investigate the history of African Americans by researching art and culture. In this Harlem Renaissance instructional activity, 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.
Students explore the Harlem Renaissance. In this primary source analysis lesson, students investigate images relating to the Renaissance and try to determine what they represent. Students discuss the attributes of the era.
Extra! Extra! Harlem Renaissance Tribune
Sixth graders research the who, what, why, when, where, and how of the Harlem Renaissance which took place from the 1920's through the 1930's. They examine the art, music, literature, and dance of this era. They study the people who were responsible for the movement. Finally, they write a newspaper with the information using word processing software.
1920s Variety Show
Middle schoolers participate in a variety show of literary readings, musical and dance performances, and an art exhibition. They research the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures.
The Harlem Renaissance: Awakening the Black Soul
Eleventh graders explore, examine and study about the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on the American culture. They assess and explain how the Harlem Renaissance was a "rebirth" for the African American culture through art, music, and literature.
Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
Students identify and connect themes of selected nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art to Harlem Renaissance jazz. They compare and contrast historical and fictionalized versions of the jazz scenes of the Harlem Renaissance. They describe the impact of jazz on African-American literature of the Harlem Renaissance.
Harlem Renaissance: Pivotal Period in the Development of Afro-American Culture
Students examine the time period of the Harlem Renaissance. In groups, they compare and contrast the type of art before and after the movement along with the state of society at the time. After reading a book on the topic of their choice, they answer comprehension questions and research a topic using the internet for their final project.