Common Core, Smarter Balanced
This unit is on Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem” and it is Common Core aligned and written as a Smarter Balanced assessment.
If you need an emergency lesson for a substitute this unit would help you quickly in a pinch.
This unit is broken down into 4 sections:
1. The poem (1 page)
2. Selected Response: 2 multiple-choice questions (1 page)
3. Constructive Response: 2 short-answer questions (1 page)
4. Answer key (1 page)
All 4 pages come in Word and in PDF, making for 8 pages total.
An answer key gives answers to the multiple-choice questions and gives suggested answers to the short-answer questions.
This unit is a great way to study the Harlem Renaissance, Modern Literature, and/or Langston Hughes. It combines Common Core benchmarks with the Smarter Balanced approach to assessment: selected responses and constructive responses.
If you are going to study Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun,” this unit will be a great way to introduce the title and theme of that play since Hansberry named her play from this poem.
If you are interested in doing an entire author study on Langston Hughes, I have this poem with 2 other poems in a large project for sale in my store. It is titled, “3-Poem Author Study: Langston Hughes' "I, Too," "Harlem," & "The Weary Blues.” That 3-poem project contains everything from this unit plus more.
Here are the links to the 3-poem author study and to the 2 other Langston Hughes' poems if you want to look at them separately:
3-Poem Author Study: Langston Hughes' "I, Too," "Harlem," & "The Weary Blues"
"I, Too" by Langston Hughes: Poem, Questions, & Key
"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes: Poem, Questions, & Key
Common Core State Standards
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