I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Recommended Grades: 6-8

In this beautiful interpretation of Langston Hughe’s poem, I, Too, Am America, Collier depicts the job of the Pullman porter. 

Lesson Idea:  

Poetry/Primary Sources/Building Background Knowledge:  Prior to reading aloud I, Too, Am America, locate primary sources on the Library of Congress website as an activator.  Ask students what they notice in the sources (either specific Pullman porter sources or sources from that same time period).  Read aloud and discuss the role of the Pullman porter during the 1920’s.  Discuss what life was like for African Americans during that time and what life is like now.

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