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
  • 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