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Young scholars analyze the use of voice in Langston Hughes' poetry. In this poetry analysis instructional activity, students define voice in poetry and write journal entries to develop their voice as writers. Young scholars write a poem with a clear voice or write about one of the qualities of Langston Hughes' poetic voice.
Explore the idea of democratic poetry. Upper graders read Walt Whitman, examining daguerreotypes, and compare Whitman to Langston Hughes. They describe aspects of Whitman's I Hear America Singing to Langston Hughes' Let America Be America Again. Then discuss the democratizing effect of early photography and relate that to Whitman's poetry.
Learners discover the poetry of Langston Hughes. For this social issues lesson, students experience the views of Langston Hughes. Learners read Hughes' poetry and discuss the basic theme. Students evaluate the political, religious, ethical and social influences of the time period.  
Students explore the connections between Langson Hughes and blues music. In this African American culture lesson, students compare and contrast blues music with poetry and short stories by Langston Hughes.
Explore famous Americans by viewing a slide-show presentation and reading their works. Learners view images of poetry by Langston Hughes and famous writings by Booker T. Washington. They read the book More Than Anything Else, and complete a story analysis worksheet. Extend your studies with research on these individuals.
A carefully crafted three-day lesson integrates poetry and visual art. By analyzing and comparing Langston Hughes' poem "Mother and Son" and Romare Bearden's collage "The Dove," readers explore the theme of hope. The lesson activates prior knowledge about the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, it incorporates journal writing, jigsaw work groups, art diaries, drafting a reading response, and peer editing with a rubric. Image and background information on the NEH website.
Students discover how to improve their writing through the revision process. In this narrative writing lesson, students view examples of Langston Hughes' poem "Ballad of Booker T." and note the changes that were made to his original draft. Students discuss how to improve their own poems and work with a partner on revisions.
Sixth graders examine the lives of Americans who served their communities. In this Reconstruction to World War II lesson, 6th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to explore the life of Langston Hughes. Students share the accomplishments of other Americans who contributed to their communities. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Students examine African-American communal life. In this Langston Hughes lesson, students read poetry by Hughes in order to gain insight into the Harlem community. Students select artwork that represents their community.
Students complete a unit of lessons that explore the poetic voice of Langston Hughes. They define voice, read and analyze various poems by Langston Hughes, and complete journal entries for each lesson.
In this Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes instructional activity, students read the book Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 10 questions total.
Young scholars research and experience the poet Langston Hughes and verbally or visually interpret a Langston Hughes poem. They research the poet in depth and begin to brainstorm a variety of possible interpretations illustrating the techniques he utilized.
Learners have an opportunity to read and appreciate selected poetry of the African-American poet, Langston Hughes.
Students read the poetry of Langston Hughes. In this poetry lesson plan, students review elements of poetry and read several poems such as "Dream Variations." Students analyze the poetic elements.
Reflect upon the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance by looking at some of Langston Hughes' works. "I, Too" and "American Heartbreak" are mentioned, as well as work by Malcolm X and Smokey Robinson. Specific questions help guide discussion and reading of the poems. The lesson format is a bit jumbled, but the questions offer good direction.
Tenth graders read and discuss poems by Langston Hughes, identify the poems' characteristics, and then create poetry in his style by including two main concepts found in Hughes's writing.
Learners investigate the power of title and poetry in a Langston Hughes' poem. For this poetry analysis lesson, students discuss the poem 'I, Too' for its title and content. Learners use the variation in English Words and Phrases website to analyze the poem. Students listen to a recording of the poem and discuss the poet's choice of language. Learners also read the poem 'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou and product a Venn diagram to represent similarities and differences between the two poems.
Students develop a definition of what is meant by voice in poetry. They explore the qualities that make Langston Hughes's voice distinctive, forceful, and memorable. They write journal entries to develop their own voices as writers.
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.
Learners examine the conditions during the Great Depression and how people coped. They read poems by Langston Hughes, watch the Reading Rainbow video for, Uncle Jed's Barbershop, and write an original story about living in the Great Depression.

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