*Flexible- can be completed with or without technology
*Encourages creativity and critical thinking
*Duration of project is up to teacher: can take one week or can be taught as a unit project while studying Harlem Renaissance or reading novel
Studying the Harlem Renaissance is more than memorizing dates, facts, and historical figures. Studying the Harlem Renaissance is an opportunity for students to discover their own hidden talents, develop skills, and explore interests. This is a three-part project, in which students practice their research skills and create an original piece of art or writing. This project references the novel Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. This project is versatile enough to be used with any novel or class which references the Harlem Renaissance. For part 1 of the project, students begin with a short research assignment in which they find the facts about the movement and who we will reference to as “contributors” to the movement. Part 2 of the project focuses on one particular contributor based on student choice. Finally, in part 3 of the project, students create an original product based on what they have learned about their contributor from part 2.
My students loved this project and talked about it outside of class with other students. New students came to my class asking when we will do this project.