1920s Variety Show

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To better understand the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures, class members examine a painting by Aaron Douglas and a poem by Langston Hughes and compare how the artists develop their themes. Individuals then select an artist, writer, musician, or dancer from the era to research, and prepare a literary reading, musical or dance performance, or an art exhibition for a variety show.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the lesson with art, dance, music, and social studies instructors
  • Invite parents and other students to the presentation of the variety show
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes all class members have Internet access
Pros
  • The lesson offers an opportunity for the whole school to become involved in the research and performances
Cons
  • None
Common Core