On the Road by Langston Hughes


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On the Road by Langston Hughes

  1. 1. “On the Road” By Langston Hughes
  2. 2. Imagery He was not interested in snow. When he got off the freight, one early evening during the depression, Sargeant never even noticed the snow. But he must have felt it seeping down his neck, cold, wet, sopping in his shoes. But if you had asked him, he wouldn't have known it was snowing. Sargeant didn't see the snow, not even under the bright lights of the main street, falling white and flaky against the night. He was too hungry, too sleepy, too tired. The Reverend Mr. Dorset, however, saw the snow when he switched on his porch light, opened the front door of his parsonage, and found standing there before him a big black man with snow on his face, a human piece of night with snow on his face-obviously unemployed. Yellow= imagery or figurative language. Words that evoke sensory perceptionsight, hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling Green= diction. Words that the author uses in a powerful way to set the tone of the story. What do we know about the story from the opening paragraph?
  3. 3. Symbolism and Diction • Christ • Stone • The church- a building or a religious practice? • The colors black and white • Doors- what do they represent • Sarcasm • Humor • Words that identify the setting • Words that show a shift in the narrative of the story
  4. 4. Directions • As we read, highlight the imagery. • Take notes on the symbolism and the diction (word choice) that Hughes chooses to achieve his purpose • Think about- what is Hughes’s purpose for writing this story? What is he trying to tell his audience? How? • Complete the 4 assignments upon completion of the story
  5. 5. Scenario • Role- You are a movie production company that wants to produce “On the Road” as a film • Audience- You want it to be a short so your audience will be independent film fans. You don’t want to make money necessarily, you want to make art. • Format- You will present a 6 frame storyboard, a movie poster and a paragraph to explain your intentions (like a pitch- what you are going for and why.) • Topic- Your task is to memorialize Langston Hughes’ imagery, diction, symbolism in a story that reflects the modernist time period of American Literature as part of a Black History film exhibit at a museum.
  6. 6. Assignments • 10 points- Turn in your story for a 10 point grade that shows how well you critically read the storyhighlights should identify imagery and notes should identify symbolism and imagery • 10 points- With a partner, you will make a storyboard with 6 images that show how you would film this story. Would you film it in black and white? Update to a modern time? Would it be animation or real?
  7. 7. Assignments • 25 points- Use the storyboard to create a movie poster. You must have a single image, a title, a tag line, the cast (Sargeant, Mr. Dorset, Jesus and others), and a song title that you feel best fits the story. Your poster must be neat, well organized and turned in on time • 10 points- Write a detailed, neat paragraph that explains your thinking in artistic choice, symbolism, casting, song choice and tag line.