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Listening to a selected read aloud and using multiple research sources, your class will research a major figure of the Renaissance. They then will write a biography of the individual chosen and review and edit a partner's biography using appropriate conventions of standard English. Using their partner's biography, learners will prepare an interview of the subject of the biography.
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.
Here is a wonderful collection of lessons that focus on the music produced during the Renaissance period. Vocal music, instrumental music, and dances that were common to this era are all studied. Learners should understand the impacts that history, religion, and culture had on the art forms produced during this colorful time. Lots of opportunities to create rhythm, harmony, and melody are offered. A terrific set of plans!
Beauty, art, and truth is the creed of the poet, and the Harlem Renaissance was all of those things. Discover the reasons for the great migration north, the poets, musicians, and artists that were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Slides contain images and great information on many influential people of the time, as well as their contributions to modern American culture.
Where to begin? The art of the Italian Renaissance is such a rich topic, with new techniques, new styles, and an emphasis on new subject matter. Images created by the greats such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli are here for the viewing. Each image is dissected as they exemplify the techniques of the time, such as perspective and embedded geometry.
Did you know that the Harlem Renaissance was also known as the New Negro Movement? This presentation is fully of interesting facts and pictures to help your class understand the literary movement and how these changes also affected music and art. Common themes and authors of the time are presented, as well as why the Harlem Renaissance ended.
Students explore Niccolo Machiavelli and his political beliefs. In this men of the Renaissance lesson, students locate information about Niccolo Machiavelli using the Internet site Britannica. Students view political cartoons in newspapers and then design cartoons about Machiavelli and his political beliefs.