Langston Hughes : As I Grew Older

Connection to Poetry 1: Langston Hughes - As I Grew Older

Langston Hughes is one of America's most prized poets. This lesson will help support poetry analysis through close reading connections to a Newsela article. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • English: Poetry
  • History: Harlem Renaissance, 20th Century History, US History 

Newsela Article

Learning Objective and Essential Questions

Students will be able to make connections between the issues discussed by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the world today. Through this, they will be able to see that his poetry is still very much relevant today.

They will also be able to answer the following Essential Questions using Newsela Write:

  1. What was Hughes’ message to people? What was he trying to communicate?
  2. What future do you think Hughes envisioned for his country?
  3. How close do you think we are to accomplishing this? What do we still need to change as a nation in order to achieve this goal?

Learning Standard

Common Core Standards for English:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.10

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