This set of Langston Hughes poem activities (part of myLangston Hughes Poem Activities Bundle
) will introduce students to two of Langston Hughes's most famous poems - "Dreams" and "Harlem" (also known as "Dream Deferred")! These activities will guide students as they analyze the richness of Hughes's similes and metaphors on the topic of dreams.
Whether you're teaching English/language arts or the Harlem Renaissance in U.S. history, these poem worksheets will get students thinking, connecting, and discussing!
Page one is a chart to compare figurative language in the two poems, breaking each one down into individual comparisons and asking students to infer and explain the meaning of each.
Page two is an acrostic poem activity in which students differentiate between a poem's topic and its theme, summarizing in their own words the shared meaning of Hughes's two poems. This is great practice for determining theme in a poem!
Page three (which can also be used as a separate lesson) guides students to make comparisons by creating their own metaphors and similes and explaining their comparisons.
This is a super low-prep lesson - all you need to provide is copies of the two poems (I can't include them due to copyright), so this would make a great poetry sub plan! I hope these activities help your students connect to and draw meaning from these two powerful poems.
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