Langston Hughes’s “The Weary Blues” and a passage from James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” are appropriately rich text selections for students to analyze an author’s choices regarding narrative perspective and tone. Multimedia links assist students in understanding a history of jazz music and its nature of collaboration and improvisation. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
In the packet, students are provided links to learn the concept of narrative perspective through a review of tone words and links to two fantastic videos that bring the literature to life. Links to videos that bring one to Harlem during the Jazz Age to experience “The Weary Blues” and a graphic animated reading of the passage from James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” are provided. An AP English styled prompt, student samples, rubric, and commentary from an experienced AP English reader are provided.
Tags African-American literature, jazz, narrative perspective, gifted, video study, essay writing