This set of three "I, Too" poem activities (part of my Langston Hughes Poem Activities Bundle
) combine a rich poetry lesson with a discussion about racial equality, civil rights, and hope! "I, Too" is a great sample of Langston Hughes' writing, and it's the perfect text to teach free verse poetry, introduce the civil rights era in U.S. history, or spend time in during Black History Month.
The first page is a before-reading brainstorm; students respond to four background questions with their own experiences and opinions. Each question relates to a line in the poem, preparing students for deeper understanding and connection with the text.
The second page guides students as they analyze the poem's key lines, examining metaphors, symbols, and explaining what happens to the speaker in the poem.
The third page is a set of analysis questions relating to the whole text. Topics covered include speaker vs. audience, irony, tone, connections to the modern world, and more.
All you need to provide is a copy of the poem (I can't include it due to copyright), so this would make an excellent poetry sub plan! An answer key to pages 2-3 is included.
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