Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom

Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
Langston Hughes "I, Too" & Walt Whitman | Distance Learning | Google Classroom
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Looking for poems to explore the American experience on a deeper level?

While Walt Whitman's poem "I Hear America Singing" is joyful and celebratory, Langston Hughes' poem is more questioning of America's history--though it too is not without hope. Exploring themes of class, race, privilege, and point of view, these two poems are well worth examination.

When you teach these timeless and important poems with this unit you will:

  • Start your class period with bellringer freewrite prompts that will help students to focus, get ready to work, and begin to explore the essential questions of the texts.

  • Strengthen your students’ close reading skills by taking them through close readings of the poems with the no-prep questions and handouts.

  • Easily review the questions using the extensive answer keys which quote the important passages, so there is no guessing on your part as to which parts of the text are most important.

  • Empower different learning styles with group work, dynamic discussion questions, poetry writing, and comic creation.

  • Easily teach the unit online using the ready-to-go instructions, links, handouts, and forms all optimized for Google Classroom.

  • Add rigor to your lesson plans when your students analyze the poetic elements of the poems with the structured and focused questions and the fun creative activities.

  • Help your classes to better understand their own views on race, power, and the American experience.

Pairings: These poems could be used with many texts that deal with the American Dream, race, power, or class. Suggestions include: To Kill A Mockingbird, Their Eyes were Watching God, Death of a Salesman, The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, A Raisin in the Sun, The Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men.

There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from you. Rather than telling them what the poem means, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle a challenging text on their own.

"This was a wonderful pairing. I knew I wanted to teach these two poems together, but was unsure how to do so. This lesson was great because the comprehension questions helped to link the two poems together."--Laken D.

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Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics”).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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