Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Teacher Resources
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The Harlem Renaissance
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.
8th Language Arts 3 Views 16 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
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.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 44 Views 120 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 21 Views 155 Downloads
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.
K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 22 Views 125 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 6 Views 60 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 plan, 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
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.
9th - 10th Language Arts 6 Views 37 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 15 Views 50 Downloads
Fulfilling Dreams: The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance
Young scholars 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.
K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 44 Downloads
Fifth graders discover the history of African Americans by investigating the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American culture lesson, 5th graders identify the key African American artists and musicians in the 1920's and 30's, specifically Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence and Louis Armstrong.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 31 Downloads
Rhythm and Improv, Jazz and Poetry
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.
11th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 21 Downloads
Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 49 Downloads
VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx, Lesson 3
Young scholars examine the blues, poetry, the Harlem Renaissance, and the 12-bar blues form. They watch a segment from the video, "VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx," participate in a class discussion, and listen to songs by Ray Charles and a poem by Langston Hughes.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 22 Downloads
The Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance
Students explore the Jazz Age era and the Harlem Renaissance. Using internet research, they gather information about the artists, cultural, and events of the time, and how they affected the art. Students complete a compare period in art to past and future artistic periods.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 26 Downloads