Langston Hughes

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An author study provides learners the opportunity to explore in depth the life of, the influences on, and the works of a single literary figure. Introduce middle schoolers to Langston Hughes with a unit that models how to approach an author study. Lessons demonstrate how to question and code text, how to analyze poetry, and how to craft an essay.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair the reading of Hughes' poem "I, Too" with Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing"
  • Schedule the unit during Black History Month in February or April's Poetry Month
Classroom Considerations

  • References the page numbers from Hughes'  The Dream Keeper and Other Poems; however, all the poems are readily available online
Pros

  • The 18 lessons in the packet provide the scaffolding for the final Reader's Notebook project that requires individuals to demonstrate the skills they have practiced in the unit
Cons


Common Core