Lesson Harlem Ren

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Lesson Harlem Ren

  1. 1. Lesson Plan: Harlem Renaissance Shelby L. Carbaugh Introduction: - Harlem Renaissance – Langston Hughes - Estimated length of lesson 90 minutes - Standard of Learning -Turmoil and Change: 1890’s to 1945 US II.6.c -Source documents of increase understanding of events and life in U.S. History from 1865 to the present USII.1a -Sequence events USII.1c -Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspective USII.1d Learning Objectives: - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technical changes of the early 20th century by examining the art, literature, and music of the 1920’s, specifically the Harlem Renaissance - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the key leaders of the Harlem Renaissance including Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith Content: -Students will be analyzing the social, political, and economic conditions in American society during the 1920’s,which led to the Harlem Renaissance by reading the handout “Introduction – “Defining American Culture/Harlem Renaissance” -Students will be organized in four groups of six students each to research for the next class a predetermined artist of the Harlem Renaissance Group #1 – Jacob Lawrence Group #2 – Duke Ellington Group #3 – Louis Armstrong Group #4 – Bessie Smith -In class for this plan the teacher will be presenting the writer Langston Hughes
  2. 2. Materials: -PC’s -Text: “Horizons: United States History From Civil War to Present” -CD Player -CD’s “Ladies of Jazz” and “Golden Legends: Billie Holiday” provided my teacher -Attached handouts Teaching and Learning Sequence: Introduction / Anticipatory Set -“Ladies of Jazz” and “Billie Holiday” CD playing upon student’s arrival to class -“Harlem Renaissance” Power Point presented by the teacher -“Renaissance” graphic organizer (see attached hand out) will be distributed to the class. Filling this out together as a class will help the teacher determine any prior knowledge of the students and will introduce the concept of a “Renaissance.” Lesson Development 10 minutes – “Harlem Renaissance” Power Point & “Renaissance” graphic organizer 10 minutes – Discussion of previous class homework handout “Introduction – Defining American Culture/ Harlem Renaissance” and further discussion of how the class feels African Americans at this time could be ripe for a renaissance of their own. 10 minutes – Assignment of groups and explanation of the activity to be completed by next class. 30 minutes – Teacher-driven lesson of Langston Hughes, that will include a biographical WebQuest. In addition a “Free-Write” class exercise involving the poem “Dream Variations” having students record their thoughts and opinions of how the poem reflects the cultural “rebirth” of African Americans during the 1920’s. Closure and Evaluation 30 minutes - Using the grid handout, the students and teacher will compare and analyze the economic, social, political, and geographical characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance. Total – 90 minutes of instruction
  3. 3. References: Langston Hughes Biography and Timeline: Library of Congress, U.S. Government, April 23, 2000. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/writers/hughes, accessed October 5, 2008. Lesson Plan and Handouts: Melcher, T. Teaching the American Twenties Exploring the Decade Through Literature and Art. Retrieved October 5, 2008. http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/educator/modules/teachingthetwenties/lesson.php Textbook: Green, Jr., Dr. Robert P., McGowan, Dr. Thomas N., Salvucci, Dr. Linda Kerrigan (2003) Horizons; United States History: From Civil War to Present. In Good Times and Bad (pages 289-290.) Orlando, Florida: Harcourt.

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