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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.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 86 Downloads
Picturing America: Images and Words of Hope from Romare Bearden and Langston Hughes
A carefully crafted three-day activity 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 activity activates prior knowledge about the Civil Rights Movement.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 19 Views 100 Downloads
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.
11th - 12th Language Arts 34 Views 212 Downloads
New Review What Is the American Dream?
How do you describe the American Dream? What motivates others to immigrate to the United States, and why do some groups have trouble attaining the American Dream? Your learners will consider these questions as they explore figurative language presented in famous quotations and selections of poetry by Langston Hughes.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 26 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Express Yourself Lesson Seed 2
Use Langston Hughes's poem, "Words Like Freedom," to explore the concepts of freedom and liberty. Learners read the poem, determine the theme, and use the provided graphic organizer to examine the connotative and denotative meanings of the words freedom and liberty.
6th Language Arts 15 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
We Sing America
Pair the famous poems "I Hear America Singing," by Walt Whitman, and "I, Too, Sing America," by Langston Hughes, with a more recent poem by Elizabeth Alexander called "Praise Song for the Day" to demonstrate a theme and introduce your class to free verse poetry.
9th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 12 Views 25 Downloads
When is a staple remover a fanged monster? In your ELA classroom when you're teaching this fun figurative language lesson, of course! Get your young writers using figurative language by making a game of it. Give groups a paper bag full of commonplace objects,, and have them describe them using figurative language.
6th - 10th Language Arts 152 Views 317 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Take my Advice": Poems with a Voice
Discuss the meaning of the phrase tone of voice with the class. They respond to a variety of scenarios where a particular tone would be prevalent. They then read "Mother to Son" without knowing the title and answer some questions about the poem's tone and voice.
5th - 12th Language Arts 42 Views 409 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Langston Hughes' Poetry
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.
11th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 26 Downloads
The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You
Students analyze the use of voice in Langston Hughes' poetry. In this poetry analysis lesson, students define voice in poetry and write journal entries to develop their voice as writers. Students write a poem with a clear voice or write about one of the qualities of Langston Hughes' poetic voice.
7th - 9th Language Arts 30 Views 123 Downloads
Langston Hughes Was a Dreamer Too
Encourage your pupils to imagine their own dreams for the future. After studying three poems by Langston Hughes and listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, young poets craft their own dream stanza. The richly detailed resource also includes links to Hughes’ poems and King’s speech.
K - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 154 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
Poets Got Them Blues
Contemplate what music learners listen to and why they listen. Can they find poetry within music lyrics? Specifically hone in on blues lyrics and ruminate upon the social issues prevalent in the themes. Particular song lyrics coincide with poets like Langston Hughes and his writing "Weary Blues.
11th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 20 Downloads
Literary Analysis Essays: Analyzing Character
After an overview of the format of the literary analysis essay, viewers examine paragraphs that model “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D” level work. Each graded paragraph is followed with an analysis which explains the score. A real strength of the presentation is that all the models are based on Langston Hughes’ short story, “Thank You, M’am.
7th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 56 Downloads
A Raisin In The Sun
Tenth graders complete a brief journal entry explaining what they would do with one million dollars. They read and discuss "Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes. Students finish reading Act I of A Raisin In The Sun and identify the characteristics, dreams, and obstacles of each character in the play.
10th Language Arts 3 Views 60 Downloads
Poetry of Langston Hughes
Students discover the poetry of Langston Hughes. In this social issues lesson, students experience the views of Langston Hughes. Students read Hughes' poetry and discuss the basic theme. Students evaluate the political, religious, ethical and social influences of the time period.
11th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 55 Downloads
Investigations: Langston Hughes and Revision
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.
5th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 20 Downloads