If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will research the Harlem Renaissance, exploring how key figures, works, and events influenced Hughes's poetry.
Students will trace key themes throughout Hughes's work, and will examine how his poetry developed over the course of his career.
Students will make their own creative works based off of Hughes's poetry, and will connect his poetry with their own experiences.
Students will examine the formal elements of Hughes's poetry, noting how it mimics key aspects of blues and jazz music.