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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.
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.
Students discover the poetry of Langston Hughes. In this social issues lesson plan, 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.
Students discover how blues music has inspired many writers and artists such as the poet, Langston Hughes. They write an essay comparing a blues song and a poem, and exploring the literary elements in both.
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.
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 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. 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.
Young scholars 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.
Students examine African-American communal life. For 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 activity.
In this Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes worksheet, students read the book Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 10 questions total.
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.
Students 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 instructional activity, students review elements of poetry and read several poems such as "Dream Variations." Students analyze the poetic elements.
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.
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.
When is a staple remover a fanged monster? In your ELA classroom when you're teaching this fun figurative language lesson plan, 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. Afterward, other groups will try to guess what is being described. A graphic organizer and modeling make this activity accessible. Teach this lesson plan in conjunction with Langston Hughes' poem "Passing Love" or another poem heavy in figurative language.