Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Afro-American Fragments)
Introduction and Afro-American Fragments
Knowing the background of an author -- especially one as famous and talented as Hughes -- can help a reader understand a literary text on a much deeper level. The objective of this lesson is to provide the class with information on Langston Hughes.
1) Begin class with a focusing exercise. Have students write for 5 minutes in response to the following prompt: "What do you know about Langston Hughes?" Collect their responses.
2) Class lecture: Lecture the class for 10-15 minutes with background information about Langston Hughes. Who was he? What other works did he write? What was he known for? What was his life like? His education? His childhood? Where did he grow up? Where did he live at various points in his life (make sure to stress his time in Harlem)? Why is he so famous? Why/How were his works...
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