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Langston Hughes. Getting Started. Open up your Poetry Daily Work document and label the top “Langston Hughes” Open up to page 566 and read his biography List 3 FACTS you see in this biograph y. “Madam and the Rent Man”. Turn to page 561 and read the poem silently

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Langston Hughes

Getting Started

  • Open up your Poetry Daily Work document and label the top “Langston Hughes”

  • Open up to page 566 and read his biography

  • List 3 FACTS you see in this biography

“Madam and the Rent Man”

  • Turn to page 561 and read the poem silently

  • Now turn to a neighbor and ONE person read just the first stanza (which is lines….???)

  • What “tone” of voice does the rent man use?

    • How do you know?

  • Now the other person reads the second stanza (which is lines…?)

  • What “tone” of voice does the woman/tenant use?

    • How do you know?

“Madam and the Rent Man”

  • Continue taking turns reading the different stanzas.

  • When you finish, assign one person the role of the rent man and the other person the role of the madam/tenant.

  • Practice reading the poem with the appropriate tone/attitude for each part.

  • I’ll be asking for volunteers! 


  • What do you think is the Tone/Attitude that Langston Hughes used in this poem?

  • Why do you say that? Provide 2 lines/words that prove this tone.

  • What was the mood that you were in when you read it?

    • Remember, just because the tenant was angry, doesn’t mean that it’s an angry poem. How did it sound as you read it?

Theme Paragraph

  • Open up your “Theme Paragraph” in your Google Drive

  • Look over BOTH the feedback you received and where you scored on the rubric

  • Make the necessary changes to improve your paragraph

More of Langston Hughes

  • This will be good test practice, so please take it seriously!!!

  • Go to my website and open up “Theme for English B” poem by Langston Hughes, and read the poem.

  • OR pick up a copy of the poem on the back table.

Theme Paragraph

  • Go back to your “Theme Paragraph”

  • Enter your current Theme Paragraph down

  • Label the top of the page “Theme for English B”

Pick a Theme

  • Write down which theme you think BEST fits the poem:

    • People of different races will never be able to get along

    • Instructors give confusing assignments that only make sense to some people

    • All people are connected to one another

    • People are all exactly the same inside

  • Then write down TWO lines from the poem that fit your theme.

Theme Paragraph

  • Before you start writing, think/look back to the feedback you received about your first theme paragraph. You do not want to make the same mistakes again.

  • Write a well-structured paragraph that answers the question: What is the theme of “Theme for English B”?

    • Use at least TWO ICE Quotes

  • This is due by the end of the hour

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