Poetry unit - Langston Hughes- Text Dependent Questions - Black History

Ms Cottons Corner
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Formats Included
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46 pages, including Students Sheets, Lesson Plans and Answer Keys
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Are you looking for a ready-to-teach poetry unit that also helps you bring Black History to your classroom? Then look no farther! This 5-day unit includes everything you need to teach students about Langston Hughes, one of our most important black poets. Along the way, students will learn about figurative language, poetic devices, theme and sequencing! Langston Hughes' poetry is very accessible to students, and the lesson plans include all the analysis for you - just print the student sheets, use the included discussion questions and instructional materials, and teach! This is perfect for Black History month (February), Poetry Month (April), or anytime!

The resource includes 6 Student Texts:

  • a biography of Langston Hughes
  • The Dream Keeper
  • Youth
  • Poem
  • Shadows
  • Mother to Son

All of these poems are in the public domain, so I was able to include them in the unit!

There are detailed lesson plans helping you know the teaching points, figurative language, poetic devices and theme of each poem. Included in the lesson plans are instructional materials like Class Brainstorm sheets and Partner Work Expectations
Throughout the unit, the activities require students to integrate information from the biography and the poems, raising the rigor and thinking level of the unit. You just need to print and teach for a high quality unit that students will love!

The resource includes 16 Student Sheets in addition to the texts:

  • 5 Poem Analysis Sheets - 1 for each poem
  • a 2-page biography sequencing activity
  • 2 pages of Text Dependent Questions
  • Imagery in Youth Student Sheet
  • Similes about the Sun Student Sheet
  • a Writing Assignment
  • a 3-page Poetry Glossary
  • a Langston Hughes Poetry Journal cover

And of course, I've included the Answer Keys for everything!

For a video demo of the last lesson in this unit, click here!

When I handed this Poetry Journal to my students, they were immediately hooked by these beautiful and accessible poems, and your students will be too!

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Total Pages
46 pages, including Students Sheets, Lesson Plans and Answer Keys
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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