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M i s s . H e a t h e r. 9 th Grade Poetry. Writing Poetry Using Poems by Langston Hughes. We are going to learn about and read two poems by Langston Hughes. We will discuss how similes are used, and We will discuss what a narrative poem is. We will read two poems by Hughes

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Miss. Heather

9th

Grade

Poetry

Writing Poetry Using Poems by Langston Hughes


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We are going to learn about and read two poems by Langston Hughes.

We will discuss how similes are used,

and

We will discuss what a narrative poem is.

We will read two poems by Hughes

By the end of this lesson

you will write your own poems.

One using similes

One being a narrative


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Can someone Hughes.

from the class

please

volunteer

to read the

the next

slide as the

text comes

up aloud?

Please raise

your hand


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Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967) Hughes.

One of Hughes' finest essays appeared in the Nation in

1926, entitled "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain". It spoke

of Black writers and poets, "who would surrender racial pride in the

Name of a false integration," where a talented Black writer would

prefer to be considered a poet, not a Black poet, which to Hughes

meant he subconsciously wanted to write like a white poet. Hughes

argued, "no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself."

He wrote in this essay, "We younger Negro artists now intend to

express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame.

If white people are pleased we are glad. If they aren't, it doesn't matter.

We know we are beautiful. And ugly too... If colored people are pleased

we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn't matter either.

We build our temples for tomorrow, as strong as we know how

and we stand on the top of the mountain, free within ourselves."


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Can I have Hughes.

another

volunteer

for the

next slide

please?


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African-American poet, novelist, and playwright, who Hughes.

became one of the foremost interpreters of racial relationship

in the United States. Influenced by the Bible, W. E. B.

Du Bois,

and Walt Whitman, Hughes depicted realistically

the ordinary

lives of black people. Many of his poems, written

in rhythmical language, have been

set to music. Hughes's poems were meant

'to be read aloud,

crooned,

shouted and sung'.


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What is A Simile? Hughes.

A Simile is the comparison of two unlike things using

like or as.

fresh as a daisy

toughasleather

comfortable as an old shoe

gay as a lark

pretty as a picture.

These are all recognizable similes;

they use the words such as "as" or "like."


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Can You Name Some Similes? Hughes.

Raise your hand, and give me some examples…


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She is as beautiful as Hughes.

A butterfly.

Angry As a Rooster

Mad Like a Bulldog


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A Dream Deferred Hughes.

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over—

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

What

Are

Some

Similes

In

This

Poem ?


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Read the poem to yourself again. Hughes.

What does it mean whensomething is deferred?

A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode

How may that may relate

To African Americans?

How may that

relate to anyone who puts their

dreams

off until another time?

Please raise your hand to

answer the

Questions****


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What Is a Hughes.narrative. ?

A NARRATIVE POEM:

Tells a story. It can be about anything.

Example:

Lara the hippo went for a ride.

Al got upset, and

he

began to yell

and cry!

And she hit Al from behind.


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I am now going to read a narrative by Langston Hughes: Hughes.

THEME FOR ENGLISH B

By Langston Hughes

The instructor said,

Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you--- Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it's that simple? I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem. I went to school there, then Durham, then here to this college on the hill above Harlem. I am the only colored student in my class. The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas, Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y, the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator up to my room, sit down, and write this page:

It's not easy to know what is true for you or me at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I'm what I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: hear you, hear me---we two---you, me, talk on this page. (I hear New York too.) Me---who? Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. I like a pipe for a Christmas present, or records---Bessie, bop, or Bach.

I guess being colored doesn't make me NOT like the same things other folks like who are other races. So will my page be colored that I write? Being me, it will not be white. But it will be a part of you, instructor. You are white--- yet a part of me, as I am a part of you. That's American. Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me. Nor do I often want to be a part of you. But we are, that's true! As I learn from you,I guess you learn from me--- although you're older---and white--- and somewhat more free.

This is my page for English B.


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  • Writing your own Narrative Poem Hughes.

  • A narrative poem is a poem that tells a story.

  • To compose yours, follow these steps:

  • Recall some event in your life--perhaps a celebration.

  • Maybe a good, time with family or friends.

  • Or a private time in a favorite place.

  • Decide on an event, then compose a memory chain of at least

  • 15 details that recalls the event.

Does anybody have any Questions? Please raise your hand at this time**

15 At Least!!!


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Ask yourself: Hughes.

What may it be like to be in a situation that is different

then what we might be used to experiencing?

Each of us has a story inside

And we can tell that through the use of a narrative poem.


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Now that we have discussed what a simile and narrative poem is,

I would like you to write two poems.

One poem will be a poem containing similes,

and the other will be a narrative poem.

I will hand out worksheets and rubrics to guide you.

You may now start to work on them in class.

Feel free to ask me with any questions you may have


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The End is,


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