Langston Hughes Lesson Plan and Activities for Seven Poems with Answer Key

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I was able to use this for a demonstration lesson. I loved the analysis of the poems and everything was well put together, no prep. I can't wait to use this with students.


Enjoy this engaging activity to study Langston Hughes's Harlem Renaissance poetry. Content, diction, imagery, and compelling messages about Black honor and pride are fascinating and relevant to your high school ELA students. The Harlem Renaissance was the time when Black Americans established a platform for their voices to be heard. Langston Hughes was the a prominent writer of the Harlem Renaissance. His poetry style and message portrays the plight of Black Americans and brings attention to the injustices that remain in the American society. No prep.

This resource is a study of seven important poems by Langston Hughes:

  • “Let America Be America Again”

  • “Mother to Son”

  • “Dreams”

  • “Harlem”

  • “I, Too"

  • “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

  • “The Weary Blues”

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There are 34 pages in this resource:

  • Brief biography of Langston Hughes

  • Each poem study includes an annotation/highlighting activity for students to identify literary elements.

  • Questions for analysis of content and synthesis.

  • Some poems include references to outside sources, critics, and other writers, with questions referring to their observations about the poetry.

  • Each page of annotation and questions has an identical page answer key.

  • Culminating activity, ten questions that compare and contrast poems and ask students about Hughes’s message and motivation.

  • Page of “Teacher Tips.”

  • List of the Video Clips (with links) that I use in my classes.

  • Attractive with clear font

  • Relevant graphics

  • Space for student responses

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Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.


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