MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Langston Hughes "Dream Variations" - 4th Grade Adaptation


What insights did the poetry of Langston Hughes offer about the African-American community in Harlem?

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Identify aspirations and obstacles faced by African-American citizens in the middle of the twentieth century.
  • Look for similarities between Langston Hughes’ and Martin Luther King’s dreams for the African-American community.

Essential Questions:

  • How did African-American history, including slavery and discrimination, shape African-American communal life and cultural expression?
  • How was the African-American community defined?

Produced by CCNMTL, Chase, Teachers College, and CCI