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A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective: Connecting Art, Music, Dance, and Poetry
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with Internet access
- Art supplies
- LCD projector (optional)
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
- Venn Diagram: Harlem Renaissance
- Harlem Renaissance Websites
- PBS Biographies: Duke Ellington
- Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dancing
- “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes
- Jeunesse by Palmer Hayden
- Street Life, Harlem by William H. Johnson
|1.||Preview the Harlem Renaissance Websites to learn about the Harlem Renaissance as well as conditions for black Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Select background information to share with students. You may also want to spend some time reviewing the history of African Americans in the United States prior to the Harlem Renaissance (see “Websites related to African American history” on the list).
If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve three sessions in your school’s computer lab (see Sessions 1, 2, and 4). Preview and add the following websites to the list of favorites on your classroom or lab computers:
|3.||If possible, arrange to use an LCD projector during Sessions 1 and 4. If you do not have access to one, find copies of the paintings Street Life, Harlem and Jeunesse. Create a blank Venn diagram with three circles labeled Art, Music, and Poetry. Make transparencies to share with students. An alternative is to project the Venn Diagram online tool or mobile app.
|4.||Visit PBS Biographies: Duke Ellington and listen to the following songs by Duke Ellington:
|5.||Students will be creating museum exhibits as part of this lesson; gather art materials for them to use including poster paper, construction paper, glue, scissors, and markers.
|6.||Make copies of the Harlem Renaissance Websites list, the Museum Exhibit Rubric, and Reflections on the Harlem Renaissance for each student in your class.