Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersand

April Theme:  Poetry

April is National Poetry Month and so this month you will find highlights of various poets or anthologies of poetry.

Recommended Grades: 5-8

Langston Hughes is one of the nation’s greatest and most beloved African-American poets.  His poems reflect the language and culture of African-Americans and their struggle for equal rights.

Lesson idea: Read aloud the poems in Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes and discuss the racial and social history of America at the time.  Pair this book with Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes by Floyd Cooper.  Discuss ways that Hughes life played a role in his poetry.

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