WWI and the 1920's Lesson: The Harlem Renaissance

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This Google product contains the last of seven lessons from the World War I and the 1920's period in the United States.

Lesson objectives:

  • Analyze how the Great Migration and the philosophies of Marcus Garvey affected African Americans in the 1920's.
  • Trace the development of jazz and its impact on American society and the rest of the world.
  • Discuss the themes explored by writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

Lesson includes the following:

1. The Harlem Renaissance Presentation - (21 slides presentation, 1 chart, and 8 pictures)

  • Support for Black Nationalism in Urban Areas
  • The Jazz Age
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • The Lasting Impact of the Harlem Renaissance

2. Student Notes for presentation on a form.

  • 8 questions
  • Assign this at the beginning of the presentation.
  • Students will follow along and complete the sentences on the form.
  • They will submit for easy grading.

3. Reading comprehension questions on a form.

  • 6 questions
  • Includes text from the book.

4. Short answer questions on a doc.

  • 8 questions
  • Students will categorize, compare and contrast, identifying supporting details, paraphrase, analyze interactions among people and events, compare and contrast, and identify cause and effect.

5. Interactive Gallery: African American Achievers and Harlem Renaissance

  • This product is a Google form and doc linked to two interactive galleries: African American Achievers in the 1920's and Key Figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Students can answer the 6 reading comprehension questions and one grid on the form while exploring the the interactive galleries.
  • Students will answer the 4 short answer questions on the doc.
  • Students will learn about:
    • African American Achievers in the 1920's
      • John Weldon Johnson
      • Marcus Garvey
      • Bessie Coleman
      • Mary McLeod Bethune
      • Violette N. Anderson
      • Carter G. Woodson
    • Key Figures of the Harlem Renaissance
      • Langston Hughes
      • Bessie Smith
      • Duke Ellington
      • Nella Larson
      • Jacob Lawrence
      • Augusta Savage

6. Primary Source Activity: Two Poems by Langston Hughes

  • This resource is a Google doc linked to an interactive image of two poems by Langston Hughes.
  • Langston Hughes, who was both African-American and gay, wrote about how it felt to be African American, from the pain of racial prejudice to his deep pride in his culture and heritage.
  • The two poems in this activity are among his most famous.
    • interactive image
    • 2 primary sources
      • The Negro Speaks of Rivers
      • My People
    • 8 short answer questions

This product is editable to suit your needs. Answer options have been shuffled on the forms.

This is lesson number 7 out of 7 US: World War I and the 1920's

  1. America Enters World War I
  2. The Home Front During World War I
  3. The End of World War I
  4. The Postwar Economy Booms
  5. Government in the 1920's
  6. The Roaring Twenties
  7. The Harlem Renaissance


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Total Pages
52 pages
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Teaching Duration
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