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The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You
Learners analyze the use of voice in Langston Hughes' poetry. In this poetry analysis lesson plan, students define voice in poetry and write journal entries to develop their voice as writers. Learners write a poem with a clear voice or write about one of the qualities of Langston Hughes' poetic voice.
Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy
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.
Poetry of Langston Hughes
Learners discover the poetry of Langston Hughes. In 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.
Langston Hughes and the Blues
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.
Reading and Writing for Understanding: Booker T. and 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.
Picturing America: Images and Words of Hope from Romare Bearden and Langston Hughes
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.
Investigations: Langston Hughes and Revision
Students discover how to improve their writing through the revision process. For 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.
American Biography: Langston Hughes, Life in a Box, Reconstruction to World War II, Pathfinder
Sixth graders examine the lives of Americans who served their communities. For 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.
Langston Hughes: Artist and Historian
Students examine the life and works of Langston Hughes. In groups, they research the characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance and how Hughes' poems relate to the era. They use the themes in his writings and relate it to the Great Migration after the Civil War and the Japanese-American experience during World War II.
Langston Hughes: Dream Variations
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.
The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You
Learners 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 plan.
Langston Hughes Poetry
Students 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.
Visualizations: Black Poet, Langston Hughes
Students have an opportunity to read and appreciate selected poetry of the African-American poet, Langston Hughes.
Black Poet, Langston Hughes
Students read the poetry of Langston Hughes. In this poetry lesson, students review elements of poetry and read several poems such as "Dream Variations." Students analyze the poetic elements.
Themes in Literature - Langston Hughes "Thank You Ma'm"
Eighth graders study Langston Hughes, "Thank You Ma'am" to discover the elements of plot, character motives and reactions. They express the effects of trust and kindness by writing a reflective personal narrative. They illustrate the themes.
The Poet's Message-"The Colored Soldier" by Langston Hughes
Students analyze the poem, "The Colored Soldier" by Langston Hughes to gain a greater experience of how poets use language to create meaning, influence thinking and thus become pioneers of change in American society. They work on the poem analysis and then share their group information to the entire class.
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.
Young scholars investigate racial inequality and prejudice in American history through the words of Langston Hughes, an American black poet. They develop and share thoughtful collages and presentations inspired by the words of Langston Hughes.
Analyzing Author's Voice
Explore voice in poetry. Focus on several poems by Langston Hughes and identify words and phrases that represent the author's feelings about the topic of the poem. After working through a few poems together, individuals read "Youth" by Langston Hughes and write about the author's voice in the poem, including text evidence that supports their ideas. All of the poems in the lesson come from Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes.
"Bop" by Langston Hughes: Arguments of Definition
The haggling between Simple and I is the focus of a guide designed to accompany a study of Langston Hughes’ “Bop.” In addition to responding to evaluative and interpretative questions, pupils also craft an argument of definition about a genre of music of their choice.