This powerpoint is an extensive introduction to The Harlem Renaissance, and especially Langston Hughes. The pictures first break down the definition of Renaissance and the Harlem in New York. Authentic Harlem artwork is labeled and woven throughout the entire presentation.
It then progresses into the causes of the Harlem Renaissance and the background story to Langston Hughes' life. It can be accompanied with an in-class biography, but that is not necessary. Key pieces are highlighted in red to aid note-taking.
The next section includes more faces of the Renaissance: Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Louie Armstrong, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, Aaron Douglas, and Ella Fitzgerald along with corresponding music videos.
The next section breaks down three different poems and poetic devices in each:
A Dream Deferred (Action through movement)
Weary Blues (Tone)
There is an acting activity for a dream deferred that involves adding a motion to a word in order to visualize the poem. This short and powerful poem is perfect for this activity.
The last section is a series of comprehension check questions and pictorial review to do together as a class or individually for evaluation.
Please enjoy this taste of rich culture and history!