Langston Hughes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Get your jazz on with infamous poet Langston Hughes. This lesson plan can be used to teach students both the life and work of the poet with an engaging video for instruction weaved with high level questions. Ask students to apply concepts and get jazzy.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe what it means to be inspired
  • explain the impact of Langston Hughes's poems
  • analyze poems by Langston Hughes
  • write poems in the style of Renaissance Harlem


  • 45 minutes for lesson; additional time for writing and sharing poems


  • Poetry by Langston Hughes
  • Audio of Langston Hughes reading one of his poems

Key Vocabulary

  • Langston Hughes
  • Harlem

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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