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Practice with Poetry: Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

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Using Langston Hughes’s poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips including a TED ED video on the legacy of The Atlantic Slave Trade and an American Experience excerpt of Walt Whitman traveling to New Orleans where he first sees the evils of slavery. Students will evaluate a writing prompt, and examine student sample essays. Students will also have the opportunity to see a video on Jonathan Kozol’s experience teaching Langston Hughes in inner city Boston. These lessons prepare students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities.

In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, race, music, teaching, slave trade, critical thinking, Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, TED ED, PBS, Walt Whitman, Jonathan Kozol
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