Teacher Guide

Langston Hughes: Poems Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will research the Harlem Renaissance, exploring how key figures, works, and events influenced Hughes's poetry.

  2. 2

    Students will trace key themes throughout Hughes's work, and will examine how his poetry developed over the course of his career.

  3. 3

    Students will make their own creative works based off of Hughes's poetry, and will connect his poetry with their own experiences.

  4. 4

    Students will examine the formal elements of Hughes's poetry, noting how it mimics key aspects of blues and jazz music.

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