Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance

Complete the following steps for your assignment:

Use this graphic organizer to take notes while reading and to prepare you for your assessment.

Read and take notes on these two works by Langston Hughes:

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (You can also listen to the author read his poem by clicking on the speaker icon on the poem’s page.)

“Theme for English B”

Read and take notes on these two works by Countee Cullen:

“From The Dark Tower”


Read and take notes on these two works by Claude McKay:


“The Yellow Peril and the Dockers”

Keep your graphic organizer open while you complete and submit the online assessment for this lesson.

This is the graphic organizer that was mentioned :

Directions: After reading each of these texts, complete the following analysis for each work to assist you on your online assessment.

In the Tone column, determine the tone and take note of any shifts in tone.

In the Notable Stylistic Devices column, consider the following in addition to any other devices you observe:

Figurative language


Parenthetical aside


Extended metaphor

Rhetorical question

Descriptive adjectives

In the Purpose column, consider the following questions:

What is the author’s purpose?

What is this “voice” saying about life, race, America, humanity, etc.?

Title and Author Tone and Shifts in Tone Notable Stylistic Devices Purpose Effect Effectiveness

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes

“Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes

“From The Dark Tower” by Countee Cullen

“Incident” by Countee Cullen

“America” by Claude McKay

“The Yellow Peril and the Dockers” by Claude McKay

Synthesis: What do all of these voices of the Harlem Renaissance tell you? What new understanding do you have as a result of reading and analyzing these texts?

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