The Harlem Renaissance was a fascinating era in American history.
It was a time when art flourished, blacks established a new identity, and an oppressed faction of society found a voice that would lead to the Civil Rights movement in the United States.
To introduce students to this dynamic period in our history, I created a thorough PowerPoint presentation that includes 56 slides addressing:
---The Great Migration including photos and a map
---A detailed definition of Harlem Renaissance
---Discussion of literature featuring information and poems and excerpts from
*Zora Neale Hurston
(These are the writers addressed in Prentice Hall's Adventures in American Literature textbook)
---Discussion of the themes of the visual artists
---Presentation and comment on the works of
---Great attention devoted to Jazz performers:
---Each artist is featured in an embedded video of a performance
---Discussion of the effects the era had on African American identity, expression (mention of Locke and Dubois), political change, and determination.
---There is also mention of White's response to the accomplishments of the "Negroes" and the lasting effect of giving the African Americans a voice with which to begin their fight for Civil Rights.
Sources are listed.
The slides are engaging, clear, and easy to read with white font on black background with beautiful graphics.
There is a 3 page worksheet on the last 3 slides.
Also included in this bundle are five other PowerPoint presentations devoted to prominent poets of the Harlem Renaissance. These include:
Langston Hughes “The Negroe Speaks of Rivers” (21 slides)
Jean Toomer “Storm Ending” (10 slides)
Countee Cullen “From the Dark Tower” (14 slides)
Claude McCay “Tropics of New York” (13 slides)
Arna Bontemps “A Black Man Talks of Reaping” (12 slides)
Each of the poet presentations includes a poet biography and line by line analysis of the poem.
I use clear font and relevant, illustrative graphics.
Also included in the bundle are two research/presentation projects.
These activities can be completed by students individually or with partners or in groups.
The first is a history of black authors research and presentation project.
This project provides topics arranged according to eras.
Each era has a list of writers.
Students are directed to research the time period and each author listed in that era.
Students are then required to determine a distinguishing characteristic of the author and provide an excerpt of the writer's work that illustrates that characteristic.
Clear direction is provided for gathering information, documenting and presenting.
Also included are examples of creative formats for presentations.
The assignment includes a scoring rubric.
The second project focuses on Harlem Renaissance writers.
This essay assignment requires students to choose a prominent writer (poet, fiction, non-fiction) from a list of eight Harlem Renaissance writers:
I provide a brief description of each and a photo.
Students must provide a piece of writing, poem, or excerpt by the author.
Students must then choose a common theme from a list of six or identify their own and proceed to formulate a thesis statement and main points based on the theme.
They are directed to cover at least three main points in their discussion and provide at least six illustrative quotes.
I provide a simple checklist for editing content.
I use clear font.
Finally, there is an activity that requires students to create a presentation:
Students choose from a list of Harlem Renaissance Writers and prepare a PowerPoint presentation for their classmates.
They are required to do a line by line analysis and a discussion of figurative language, themes, etc.
They are also encouraged to provide a historical context for the piece.
Also included is a brief introduction to Harlem Renaissance writing and the common themes.
All of these resources are editable, customizable for your class!
Bought separately these resources would cost $24, bundled, $15.
Thank you for your consideration of this product.
Please be sure to look at the preview and contact me with any questions.