Into Bondage 1936
Oil on canvas, 153.4 x 153.7 cm
In the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art,Washington DC,USA
Museum Purchase and Partial Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.
The Evans - Tibbs Collection
Sites and topics to
the Harlem Renaissance
If you cannot find a poem you
like from the site given, try a general Internet search.
of American Poets and others)
40 points/Brochure (handed
20 points/Poetry Reading (oral to the class)
10 points/Works Cited
Total: 90 points
We are in the lab all week. Disruptions to
others will result in points reduction for you. Stay focused and busy.
The Harlem Renaissance home
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for this lesson
—Time magazine's article How
to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century (December 18, 2006)
says that "kids are global citizens now, even in small town America,
and they must learn to act that way." There is a debate about how
to accomplish this goal in schools, but certainly, it is important to
help students gain a wider perspective of human history and culture. This
assignment helps you understand an important part of American culture,
your culture, in ways you may not have considered before. This assignment
is intended to help you expand your view of human experience, a quality
of thought you will need in order to be truly a global citizen. This assignment
also meets a number of state standards for language
are a historical tour guide: For this Web Quest, you will
be visiting a number of web sites to learn about the
Harlem Renaissance so that you can create
a brochure for tourists. As a tour guide, you must be an expert
on this cultural period in history, so research and read carefully. Part
of your job is also to read a poem
to your tour group (played by your class). You will also be writing a
What is graded?
- Your brochure (handed in)
- Your poetry reading (oral)
- Your reflection (handed in)
- Your works cited page (handed in)
Staple the reflection and the works cited
page together and paper clip your brochure to those.
See the rubric.
- Create your brochure document/template
and save it.
- Conduct your research, taking notes
in a separate Word document.
- Find the list of sites to the left.
This list includes a description of what you will find there. You need
to present information in your brochure from each of the three topic
areas in the list to the left (A, B, and C).
- In addition, you will learn about a
poet from the Harlem Renaissance and read a poem by him or her to your
tour group. A mini-biography of this poet should go on your brochure,
including a photograph. Write your own mini bio. It should be about
40-50 words. Each student will draw a poet's name at random. Since there
are a limited number of names, check with the other students who also
drew the same poet as you, and be sure you have chosen different poems
to read to the class.
- See the directions below for how to
set up your brochure.
- Create a works cited page. The
sites you visited must be cited in a separate document.
See your Skills and Style Handbook for
how to cite a web page.
- Write a 200-250 word reflection about
what you learned. This document must be typed according to FSSH. Use
the questions below to guide you.
- What did you learn in general about
the Harlem Renaissance. Be specific.
- Which aspects of your research were
most interesting to you and why?
Reading your poem
to the tour group
When you read your poem (of
12 lines or longer) to the tour group, you need to do the following, in
- Say, "I am going to read a poem
by ____." Then Read the biography from your brochure as a way of
introducing him or her.
- Say, "I am reading (insert the
title)." Then, give an introduction to the poem. Include as much
as you can from the following list.
- Why did you choose it?
- What is this poem about, in general?
- Point out what is special, interesting,
or otherwise important about this poem.
- Define for us any confusing language.
- If the poem needs a setup, that
is, some general context to help us understand it, be sure to do
that for us before you read.
- Before you read your poem, say the title
and the poet's name again.
- Then read the poem. Some help in reading
- To read a poem, read slowly and
carefully. Pronounce each word correctly (so look up any unfamiliar
words or ask for help).
- Read with the punctuation or stop/pause
where it makes sense to stop. Don't automatically stop at the end
of each line (it will sound horrible if you do).
- Billy Collins gives advice on how
to read a poem out loud.
The Harlem Renaissance,
A Visitor's Guide
Creating the brochure:
Word: Get the new document menu (this will either show up to the right
when you open Word, or go to File, New to get it to open). Under New
from template, click on general templates. Then go to Publications and
double click on brochure. Then, save that file in your H:/ drive and/or
on a jump drive. After that, replace text and images to meet the assignment’s
criteria. The template comes with some handy directions, and you can
get a copy of those from me.
use any other program you are familiar with for creating your brochure.
for the brochure:
Cover that includes title (see above) and an image; if you hate the
title provided, come up with your own (NOT My Harlem Renaissance Brochure).
Your name, class, hour, and date go on the back middle as if it's
your tour company.
- You need to include
information in your brochure from the three topic areas from the list
to the left.
- A mini-biography
of your chosen poet should go on your brochure, including a photograph.
information you gather must be presented in summary form (in your
own words), be easily read by your tour participants, and must be
absolutely without errors in spelling, punctuation, etc. A real public
document should be 100% accurate.
Include images: photos, paintings, or other graphic elements as are
appropriate. Be sure to identify paintings with title and artist's
This brochure is to be handed in. Print back to back and fold.