Ch 6: African American Writers: Tutoring Solution

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss novels and poetry that were written during the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Analyze the style of Frederick Douglass.
  • Explore the poetry of Langston Hughes.
  • Provide a summary for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.
  • Discuss Maya Angelou's, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

14 Lessons in Chapter 6: African American Writers: Tutoring Solution
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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.

Jamaica Kincaid: Biography, Books & Short Stories

11. Jamaica Kincaid: Biography, Books & Short Stories

She is a successful writer now, but she has also been a tutor, a model, and even a nightclub singer who wore only a few bananas wrapped around her waist at a Halloween party. Read on to learn more about Jamaica Kincaid.

Life & Times of Frederick Douglass: Summary & Explanation

12. Life & Times of Frederick Douglass: Summary & Explanation

This lesson discusses 'The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass', which was published in 1892. It is a final, cumulative autobiographical work and contains recollections of his childhood in slavery, his eventual escape, and his many achievements as a freed Black man.

My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass: Summary & Explanation

13. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass: Summary & Explanation

This lesson discusses Frederick Douglass and his second autobiography, ''My Bondage and My Freedom.'' It also tackles some of the challenges Douglass faced and discussed in his book.

Ralph Ellison: Biography, Books & Quotes

14. Ralph Ellison: Biography, Books & Quotes

Have you ever known a cook who won the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Or a musician who wrote novels? Well, then, you don't know Ralph Ellison. This lesson discusses the many faces of this great man.

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