Reflection: Checks for Understanding "The Negro Speaks of Rivers:" Students Speak (and Write) of Theme - Section 4: Wrap Up


Student responses to my question varied. One student responded that he realized after reading the poem that the "history of his race (African American) is very ancient."  Another response referred to the metaphor comparing his blood in his viens to the ancient rivers.   But one of my favorite responses was "Hughes is a real thinker."  After hearing this response I asked, "Do you think that is one of the purposes of writing poetry, to help you think and reflect on things?"   We agreed and then the bell rang...

  I AM Langston Hughes
  Checks for Understanding: I AM Langston Hughes
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"The Negro Speaks of Rivers:" Students Speak (and Write) of Theme

Unit 2: An Introduction to Harlem Renaissance Writers: Critical and Creative Reading and Writing
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify and interpret themes and give supporting evidence from the poem by using a TP-CASTT template. SWBAT write poetry in the style of Langston Hughes by completing an "I Am" poem template.

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