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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...
11th - 12th English Language Arts
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...
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Teach21 Lesson: Harlem Renaissance, Lesson 2/11
Using the poem "Harlem" by Walter Dean Myers as their guide, students explore the messages and contributions of the Harlem Renaissance. Students choose one figure from the period (one mentioned in the poem, or otherwise) and complete...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
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...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
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
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...
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Long Long Road to Harlem
Learners complete a unit on the African American culture from its African roots up to the Harlem Renaissance. They view and discuss a PowerPoint presentation, read slave narratives, write an epic poem, and produce a PowerPoint presentation.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
African-American Art & Identity in the 1920s
Students analyze the international and domestic events, interests, and philosophies that prompted attacks on civil liberties. They describe the Harlem Renaissance and new trends in literature, music, and art, with special attention to...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
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...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
The Harlem Renaissance: Black American Traditions
Young scholars 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...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
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 instructional activity, students examine a slide-show of images and identify the great African American singers and performers of the 20th...
K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
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...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History