Langston Hughes- Mini Biography

When delving into such writings as "I Too Sing America" or "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by poet, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes, don't forget to provide this important historical background information on the Harlem Renaissance and Hughes' lasting impact on African-American culture. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension or cross-curricular activity, research the other ways in which jazz and blues music were interwoven with African American culture and the art of the Harlem Renaissance
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • Includes footage and primary source photographs from this time period
  • Video not only explains Hughes' major writing accomplishments, but also provides insight into his personality characteristics and influential relationships
Cons

  • None