Harlem Renaissance Artists




a. Lesson Objectives: Students will understand the cultural, racial and self esteem changes caused by the Harlem Renaissance by way of art (visual discovery), music and writing.
b. SOL/ Gardner: Standard USII.5c
· The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century by examining art, literature, and music from the 1920s and 1930s, emphasizing Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Georgia O'Keeffe and including the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Intrapersonal when evaluating how the image/music/readings make them feel.
Musical intelligence when evaluating the classical, jazz and blues audio and lyrics. Linguistic intelligence to verbally read the poetry and writings in a way that will help them to feel and remember the meanings behind each work.
c. Essential Question: How did was this period in American life differ between Whites and Blacks, poor and wealthy? How does society change during this time in terms of racial views?
d. Activities:
  • Warm up: There will be an image from one of the artist of the Harlem Renaissance and the music of Bessie Smith playing while the students write a short list of feelings given to them by the picture and song – three minutes.
  • Lecture about the Harlem Renaissance and other important artist, musicians and authors of the 1920’s and 30’s. This will include paintings and brief reading selections that the class will view/read aloud and then discuss what the artist/author is trying to get across. The students will then break into small groups and research the artists, musicians and authors in the computer lab sending me links to biographies, audio or pictures.
  • Each student will say or write a short paragraph (time permitting) on which artist, image, excerpt effected them the most and why.
e. Materials: Computer lab with internet access, computer to study later program on, paper to take notes, images, readings and music clips for the students to evaluate.
f. Assignments: I would combine all of the links sent by the students and create the excel program for them to use as a study tool on both the class computer and their home computer. They would be asked to study these, as they would appear on a future quiz/test.