Poetry and Art—Creating with Rhythm and Mood

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Introduce young poets to the concepts of rhythm and mood with a learning exercise that features Langston Hughes' "One-Way Ticket" and paintings by Jacob Lawrence. Individuals identify words or lines Hughes repeats to create a pattern and words he uses to create the mood of the poem. They then examine several paintings by Lawrence and identify the repeated images that make figures appear to be moving and the colors that create the mood of the paintings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask class members to illustrate a favorite poem matching the mood and rhythm of that poem and then to craft a poem that matches the mood of a favorite work of art
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual copies of the two-page worksheet

  • The questions direct learners attention to specific details in the poem and in the paintings

  • None
Common Core