Help students learn about Langston Hughes and analyze his poem, “Harlem” or “Dream Deferred,” with this incredibly engaging “Doodle and Do” resource. Designed with doodling, interaction, and creativity in mind, you’ll find a Doodle Article about Hughes, Doodle Notes to respond to the nonfiction passage, and an interactive poetry flip book in this resource.
First, students read a nonfiction passage about Hughes that includes information on his childhood, influences, the Harlem Renaissance, and his accomplishments. In the article, students will respond to questions and DOODLE directly in the text. This makes the reading incredibly engaging! Then, they’ll complete a Doodle Notes page to show their understanding of the informational text. Next, students will analyze the poem “Harlem” (also known as “Dream Deferred.” They’ll participate in repeated readings of the poem as their analysis of the poem becomes more and more complex. They’ll use their understanding of the poet as a basis for aspects of their analysis. Students will record their poem interpretations in an interactive flip book.
It’s fun, educational, and a perfect way to study poetry in the classroom!
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This fun resource is part of a bundle of 4 Poet and Poem Studies!
You’ll find doodle articles, doodle notes, and poetry analysis flip books for Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes in the bundle! Check it out HERE!
• This resource is designed to help students learn about Langston Hughes, and then analyze one of his poems.
• Students will read a nonfiction passage about Hughes. The article is an incredibly unique DOODLE ARTICLE. While reading the doodle article, they’ll answer questions and sketch doodles directly in the passage
to show their understanding of the text.
• Then, students will fill in a Doodle Notes page to creatively respond to the text about Hughes. Students will practice skills in sequencing, connecting to the text, questioning, evaluating, and synthesizing as they complete the Doodle Notes page.
• After building background information on the poet, students will analyze the poem “Harlem.”
• The poem is accompanied by a five-page interactive flip book. Students will complete repeated readings of the poem to develop deep interpretation and comprehension.
• Added Bonus:
As part of the Doodle Article about Langston Hughes, students will color and cut out a quote card with an inspirational quote from Hughes. Students can hang the card in their desk or locker. They can even use it as a bookmark.
Skills developed with this resource:
• Close reading of a nonfiction text
• Active reading and response strategies: sequencing, connecting, questioning, evaluating, and synthesizing
• Poetry analysis including interpretation of what the poem says explicitly and implicitly
• Identifying and analyzing critical elements of poetry including figurative language, tone, author’s message, speaker, imagery, and sensory details
Common Core State Standards:
• RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.10
• RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.5, Rl.6, RL.10
• W.9, W.10
• L.1, L.3, L.4, L.5, L.6
• SL.1, SL.6
This resource includes 3 engaging learning activities:
Students will learn about Langston Hughes as they read a nonfiction passage about the writer. The passage is interactive. As students read, they’ll show their understanding of the text by answering questions, making connections, and evaluating the text. Students will showcase their learning through doodles and sketches. This makes the passage extremely engaging and meaningful. In addition, students will create a quote card with a quote from Hughes.
Doodle Notes Response:
After students read the passage about Langston Hughes, they’ll complete a doodle notes response page. Students will fill in the doodle page with information from the passage including Langston’s accomplishments, influences, significant life events, and so on. The visual nature of the doodle notes response makes the poet study super fun.
Poetry Analysis Flip Book:
Once students have built background about Langston Hughes, they’ll analyze the poem “Harlem.” Students will participate in repeated readings of the poem to deepen their analysis. The poetry analysis is made hands-on and interactive with a flip book.
This Doodle and Do Resource includes:
• Poet Study and Poetry Analysis – Detailed Resource Overview (for teacher)
• Flip Book Assembly Directions
• Detailed Lesson Plans – Reading and Responding to the Doodle Article, Doodle Response, and Poetry Analysis (4 pages)
• Informational Text about Langston Hughes – Doodle Article (4 pages)
• Inspirational Quote Card
• Doodle Notes – response to article
• Analysis Flip Book – Reactions, Simile, Sensory Details, Analysis
• Teacher Keys (poetry analysis)
Here’s a great companion unit for this resource!
“Thank You M’am” Literature Study
--- 5-day literature study for the short story “Thank You M’am” by Langston Hughes
Other Doodle and Do Resources…
Doodle and Do Reading Skills bundle!
- Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, Fact & Opinion, Sequencing, and Summarizing
5 Nonfiction Text Structure Mini-Units
- Problem/Solution, Compare and Contrast, Descriptive, Chronological Order, and Cause and Effect
How to Study for a Test
Doodle Notes and 5 Learning Stations
Writing Responses with Text-Based Evidence
Doodle Notes and 5 Learning Stations
Other Poet and Poem Studies
• Bundle of 4 Poet and Poem Studies!
• Maya Angelou
• Robert Frost
• Emily Dickinson
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