Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B

Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
Langston Hughes Poem | Harlem Renaissance | Theme for English B
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Engage your classes in discussions on race, identity, and writing while analyzing a masterful poem by one of the most beloved American poets of all time.

Langston Hughes is a favorite with teachers and students for good reason—his writing is accessible but also challenging and he doesn’t shy away from the tough topics. In this poem, the speaker is tasked with a vague assignment to write a page about himself. His frustrations with finding the truth through writing are universal, but what this student reveals about the truths of race and his own identity are subtle, complex, and a great addition to your curriculum.

When you teach “Theme for English B” with this powerful lesson, you will:

  • Start your class periods 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 independent writing prompts.

  • Add rigor to your lesson plans when your students analyze the poetic elements of the poem including enjambment, allusion, alliteration, and form.

  • Help your classes to better understand their own views about race, identity, and writing.

Pairings: This poem would pair nicely with a unit on The Awakening, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, Huck Finn, Native Son, Black Boy, Invisible Man, The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Their Eyes Were Watching God, or any unit on writing, the artist, race, identity, African American history, and/or the Harlem Renaissance.

There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from their teacher. 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.

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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.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 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.
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.
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