Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again, Distance Learning Google Classroom

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Want to get your students thinking deeper about The American Dream?

This poem expresses disillusionment as well as hope. While Hughes points out all the problems, all the ways that less powerful groups suffer in the United States, he also has hope that the people will one day rise up and make the country great, fulfilling its potential in a way that they have not done yet.

When you teach Hughes’ classic poem with this fun and rigorous 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 text.

  • Strengthen your students’ close reading skills by taking them through a close reading of the poem 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, and a creative writing exercise.

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

  • Inspire even your most reluctant writers to create their own poetry by utilizing the low-key activities and scaffolding.

  • Help your classes to better understand their own views about race, class, power, justice, and equality in America.

Pairings: “Let America Be America Again” 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.

"Great assignment for a wonderful poem! Really guided my students through the analyzing process."--Melanie M.

"This was quickly and easily downloaded. It certainly saved time. It is a solid, standards based lesson that I am using to compliment our TKAM unit. I am using the essay prompt as a supplemental/alternative assignment and the imitative prompt as an enrichment assignment. Thank you"--Charles S.

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.


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