Lesson Plan

The Harlem Renaissance

A reading of Walter Dean Myers' "Harlem" sets the stage for studying the literature, art, and music of the Harlem Renaissance. The lesson begins with a review of the social, political, and economic conditions of the 1920s and 1930s that lead to The Great Migration. Class members conduct a primary source analysis of a variety of works produced at the time. The lesson concludes with individuals creating their own Harlem Renaissance-inspired work.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a Harlem Renaissance-themed focus wall and add pupils' finished products
Classroom Considerations
  • Some prior knowledge of the factors that lead to the Great Migration would be beneficial
  • Requires extra prep time to collect and prepare materials
  • The detailed plan includes a list of suggested works to include in the study
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