The poem "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes is a poem that I like to use in class because it has a great message and I really like the metaphor the author uses with the crystal stairs. I've used this poem during Black History Month or during National Poetry Month.
I have 10 questions to go along with the poem. You can have the students work on this individually or in small groups. I usually read the poem together as a class and then have the students work in pairs to answer the questions. There are suggested answers for the questions but some of them are up for interpretation. I have included the PowerPoint Lesson that I put up on my Smartboard for your convenience.
Included here: the poem, questions with suggested answers and a PowerPoint Lesson.
There are 3 pages and 5 PPT slides
If you have any questions feel free to ask.