Ch 6: African American Writers for 10th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The African American Writers for 10th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach your students about the works of famous African American writers. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the African American Writers for 10th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age;
Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style
African-American writings from the Harlem Renaissance movement;
An autobiographical narrative on the life of Frederick Douglass
Tuesday Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage;
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Summary and Analysis
The works of poet Countee Cullen and his influence on the cultural movement;
A summary of the novel that explores gender and race concerns
Wednesday Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age;
Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance and 'America' Analysis
The works of the famous African-American poet of the 1920s and 1930s;
An examination of Claude McKay's poem, 'America'
Thursday Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis;
Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis
A summary of the novel about race issues in the United States;
An examination of the autobiographical account of Richard Wright's southern and northern upbringing
Friday Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry;
Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and James Baldwin
An exploration of the poetry of Maya Angelou and a summary of the autobiography of her early life;
A look at the contributions of these African American writers and the roles they played in American society

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: African American Writers for 10th Grade Lesson Plans
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The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

1. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

2. Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement in the United States. In addition, we will examine his written work, most notably his first autobiography - ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''

Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

3. Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

The Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to everyone from W.E.B. DuBois to Ella Fitzgerald. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the movement's most iconic and resonant poems, Countee Cullen's 'Heritage.'

Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Summary & Analysis

4. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Summary & Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston's novel 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' is a famous Harlem Renaissance novel that examines race and gender issues through the eyes of its main character, Janie Crawford. This lesson gives a synopsis of the novel and examines how it approaches race and gender.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

5. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

6. Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

Claude McKay was an influential Harlem Renaissance poet. His poems 'America' and 'If We Must Die' explored the complicated relationship African Americans had with the world around them.

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

7. Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

If people only see you as a part of a race, and not as an individual, are you still a person? In this lesson, we'll analyze Ralph Ellison's important and critically acclaimed novel, 'Invisible Man.'

Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis

8. Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis

After his fiction masterpiece 'Native Son,' Richard Wright wrote a deeply personal and moving autobiography, covering his childhood in the South and his life as an adult in Chicago. In this lesson, we'll explore 'Black Boy.'

Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry

9. Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is the autobiography of American poet Maya Angelou. While the story is often difficult to read, it shows how a strong person can overcome difficult obstacles and achieve great things. Learn more about the inspiring life story of one of the country's greatest writers.

Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin

10. Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin

In this lesson, we will look at the role of contemporary African American writing. The focus will be on authors Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and James Baldwin.

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