Ch 4: Works by African American Writers: Help and Review

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The Works by African American Writers chapter of this 12th Grade English Help and Review course is the simplest way to understand works by African American writers. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of works by African American writers.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the Harlem Renaissance or works by African American writers
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a works by African American writers unit of a standard 12th grade English course. Topics covered include:

  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Frederick Douglass' style
  • W.E.B. Du Bois' theories and accomplishments
  • Langston Hughes' poems
  • Contemporary African American writers

21 Lessons in Chapter 4: Works by African American Writers: Help and Review
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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.''

W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

3. W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

W.E.B. Du Bois was an important figure in American civil rights history, and his idea of the double consciousness delved into what it felt like to live as a black person in a white people's world. Learn more about his life and works in this lesson.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

Alice Walker's Nineteen Fifty-Five: Summary & Analysis

12. Alice Walker's Nineteen Fifty-Five: Summary & Analysis

Alice Walker's short story 'Nineteen-Fifty-Five' follows the friendship between a little known classic blues singer and the Emperor of Rock And Roll. This lesson provides a plot summary and brief analysis.

Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Summary & Quotes

13. Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Summary & Quotes

The Color Purple is about Celie and her life over several decades at the turn of the 20th century. After reading the lesson, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Toni Morrison's A Mercy: Summary

14. Toni Morrison's A Mercy: Summary

In Toni Morrison's 'A Mercy,' the New World seems new again. In this unfamiliar world we encounter four women - Florens, Lina, Sorrow, and Rebekka - who struggle to survive in 17th-century Virginia.

Champion of the World by Maya Angelou: Summary & Analysis

15. Champion of the World by Maya Angelou: Summary & Analysis

Champion of the World is a chapter in Maya Angelou's novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It is a chapter that focuses on an event that is viewed as very important to the African American community during her childhood. In this lesson you will read a summary and analysis of this chapter.

Invisible Man: Summary, Characters, Themes & Author

16. Invisible Man: Summary, Characters, Themes & Author

This lesson examines H.G. Wells' 'The Invisible Man.' It will include a brief author biography, a summary of the book, list of characters, and a look at the story's major themes.

Coretta Scott King: Biography, Books & Accomplishments

17. Coretta Scott King: Biography, Books & Accomplishments

Her husband even has his own holiday, but you might not know too much at all about Coretta Scott King. Find out more about this civil rights leader - a legend in her own right - in this lesson on the life and legacy of Mrs. King.

Lorna Goodison: Biography & Poems

18. Lorna Goodison: Biography & Poems

Lorna Goodison's high school teachers compared her to her sister and said that her writing wasn't as good, but she showed them and the world by not only mastering the craft of writing but also painting. Read on to learn more about the Jamaican-born poet and writer, Lorna Goodison.

W.E.B. Du Bois' The Talented Tenth: Essay Summary & Theory

19. W.E.B. Du Bois' The Talented Tenth: Essay Summary & Theory

'The Talented Tenth' is a 1903 essay by W.E.B. Du Bois that popularized the theory that cultivating a class of exceptional leaders through classical education was crucial to African American empowerment.

Famous African Americans: Names & Quotes

20. Famous African Americans: Names & Quotes

In this lesson, we will explore the legacy of some famous African Americans. We will examine their key contributions and highlight some of their well-known quotes.

Famous African American Inventors: Inventions & Names

21. Famous African American Inventors: Inventions & Names

This lesson explores the work of African American inventors since the nation's founding. We will learn about the first African Americans to receive patents in the eighteenth century. Then, we will discover the work of notable figures who made important contributions to medicine, industry, and space science.

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