Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Poetry of Langston Hughes

AIM: IWBAT write a poem in the style of Langston Hughes.

1. Quill: Complete lessons due this week, from June 2nd to June 6th

2. Homework Check"Phenomenal Woman"

3. Learn About Langston Hughes: read his biography here

4. Analyze "Mother to Son"

5. Analyze "I, Too"

6. Read Another Poem by Langston Hughes: view list here

7. Write in the Style of Langston Hughes: view classwork and directions here
  • OPTION A: Write a mimic poem in the style of Langston Hughes’ “I, Too.” Fill in the lines below with your own words, mimicking Hughes’ style of writing.
  • OPTION B: Write a mimic poem in the style of Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son.” Write a poem giving advice to a young person that you care about. It can be advice on how to deal with the struggles that you may find in life, advice on what is most important in life, or words of inspiration to lead them towards their own success. Your poem must be about fifteen lines in length. However, you do not need to write a complete sentence for each line. Look at how “Mother to Son” is written!
  • OPTION C: Write your own poem. On the back of this page, write a poem of at least 12 lines that discusses one of the following topics: (1) dreams, (2) America, (3) identity, (4) race, (5) liberation. Your poem does not need to rhyme, nor does it have any specific requirements. Be creative!

8. Revise & Type Your Poem:
  • After you have finished writing your poem, ask a teammate or two for feedback.
  • Type a revised version of your poem in Google Drive. 
  • Be sure to title your poem and include your name.
  • Submit the link to your poem in the form below:
    • Click the blue Share button. Select the link at the top. Use Ctrl + C to copy it.

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