Harlem Renaissance Compared to Today: Generation Z/ Boomlets
This includes Stations in which travel around and learn about the Jazz scene, musicians, dances, poetry, writers/ lierature, and art of the era.
Next students create their own Renaissance and compare it to that of the Harlem Renaissance.
Students will be analyzing documents, poems,art, and pieces of literature, listening to music and dancing in order to learn more about the era
Station # 1
The Jazz Scene:
• The Cotton Club
• The Apollo
• the Savoy
Directions: Look at Several of the Jazz locations of the day, and describe it’s….
c. overall demeanor of club
d. Overall, what does it tell you about the era?
e. Would you go there?
Station # 2
Musicians of the Era
1. Edward “Duke” Ellington
2. Louis Armstrong
3. Bessy smith
4. Billie Holiday
Directions: Read/ listen to 2 of the artists, and describe…..
a. What made them “famous”/”special”?
b. What struggles did they face?
c. Major advancements?
d. What is the tone or mood of this recording?
e. Why do you think the original recording was made and for what audience?
f. List two things in this sound recording that tell you about life in the United States at the time.
Station # 3
1. The Shimmy
2. The Cakewalk
3. The Charleston
4. The Lindy Hop
Directions: Read about the following dances and…
a. Describe their origins
b. Explain the Dance moves
c. Was it accepted by society or not?
d. Try the Dance out!!!!
Station # 4
• Langston Hughes- The Negro Speaks of Rivers
• Langston Hughes- I Too
• Countee Cullen- "Hey, Black Child"
• Claude McKay- If We Must Die
Directions: Read two poems and complete the analysis sheet
Station # 5
1. Their Eyes Were Watching God- excerpt – Zora Neale Hurston
2. Marcus Garvey- Was he a controversial figure? Adapted from Stanford Education History Group.
Choose 1- this will take you longer- so you have double the time
Station # 6
Directions: Look at a piece of art from the Harlem Renaissance and complete the Art Analysis Worksheet
(you may need to use the internet to google some of the information)
The Smithsonian Link below is a great website to use