Objective: Act 1 This first lesson plan will prepare students for reading the play by giving them experience with the authors' other work. Since reading plays is often more difficult for students than other forms of writing, give them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the authors' themes and writing styles before beginning the play. This approach will also prepare them for the setting and tone that the authors use.
1. For class discussion: Introduce the Harlem renaissance and discuss the importance of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Be sure to highlight the differences in the way each was received during his or her lifetime and the rift between them over the publication of the play "Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life." Afterward, have the students share their observations about the time period and about the authors. For example: Why was the Harlem renaissance such an important...
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