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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.
Learners 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. Learners 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.
Eighth graders discuss the Harlem Renaissance and the main artists to come out of that time period. They will also discuss how the Harlem Renaissance has influenced modern life and create a Web Quest that will chronicle their Internet research into 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.
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.
Connect the ideas of jazz improvisation and art to writing poetry. Learners collaborate and write different lines of poetry, imitating the jazz styles of improvisation and freewriting. Take a close look at the poems "Tenebrae" by Yusef Komunyakaa, "Tapping" by Sonia Sanchez, and "Dream Boogie" by Langston Hughes. The lesson includes questions and key ideas to direct your instruction. Finally, writers compose their own poems in the style of the authors they have studied.
Students examine the events of the Harlem Renaissance. Using art, music and literature from the time period, they discover the hopes and dreams of the authors and composers. They discuss what the Harlem Renaissance gave to the African-Americans what they did not have before the Great Migration.