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Teach This Poem: "Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B" is featured in a lesson that asks pupils to first read a biography of Hughes and list things about his life they think are important. The class then reads the poem and compares what they learned about Hughes from the biography with what they learned about him from the poem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate references they may not recognize (e.g. Bessie [Smith], bop, Bach, the Y, etc.)
  • Have class members craft their own "Theme for English B"
Classroom Considerations
  • Include the poem in a unit study of African American poets and/or during February's Black History Month
Pros
  • The lack of heavy analysis permits learners to develop their own appreciation of poetry
Cons
  • None