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Grade Range
6-12
A Teacher's Guide on Langston Hughes

Since 1995, Rhode Islanders have come together each February to read and celebrate the life of one of America's finest poets and writers, Langston Hughes (1902-1967). Made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading is a shining example of what public humanities can pass on to communities far and wide. In addition to videos of readings given by participants at the annual event, this page includes resources and related materials for teaching about Langston Hughes.

Grade Range
6-12
A Teacher's Guide on Nelson Mandela & South Africa

After more than 30 years in prison and a historic election that for the first time in the nation's history included all citizens regardless of race, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became President of the Republic of South Africa on May 10, 1994. With apartheid officially abolished, Mandela and the people of South Africa were faced with building a more representative and responsive political system, an inclusive and equitable economy, and social programs that made housing, education, and health care more accessible. This Teacher’s Guide includes resources for teaching about the brutality of apartheid, the resilience of the nation’s people, the leadership of Nelson Mandela, and primary source materials that will inform discussion about the country’s emergence in the world.

Grade Range
6-12
A Teacher’s Guide for the Reconstruction Era

Reconstruction (1865-1877) is the period of time following the American Civil War (1861-1865) when some politicians and citizens sought to reunify the nation, integrate freed slaves into society and the economy, establish political and economic rights for all African Americans, and determine what role the U.S. government would play in implementing these policies while preventing another civil war from breaking out. On the contrary, some politicians and citizens resented the prospect of there once again being a single nation, rejected equal protection under the law and birthright citizenship in the United States, no matter a person's race, and refused to accept the termination of slavery as an institution and practice. 

Grade Range
6-12
Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman

Poet. Orator. Actress. Activist. Writer. Singer. Phenomenal Woman. These and many more superlatives are used to describe the incomparable Maya Angelou. Gone too soon in 2014 at the age of 86, Dr. Angelou’s legacy will live on through the words she used to eloquently, powerfully, and honestly express emotions, capture experiences, and spread hope.

Grade Range
6-12
Teaching Film Analysis in the Humanities

What are we teaching and learning when we analyze films? Who’s missing from the story? This resource is offered for teachers across the humanities who use film and incorporate opportunities for students to develop media analysis skills.

Corbin Harney Water Song

Companion audio for “Remember” by Joy Harjo, lesson plan. introduce your students to the rhythm and sound of a Native American song, ask them to listen to the PBS audio recording of Corbin Harney of the Western Shoshone tribe singing “Water Song.” (Courtesy of Philomath Films, www.philomathfilms.com)

“Remember” by Joy Harjo, video

This video is the ninth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

“Translation for Mamá” by Richard Blanco. Video

This video is of the poet, Richard Blanco, reading the poem “Translation for Mamá.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

Grade Range
9-12
“Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander (video)

This video of Elizabeth Alexander reading the poem “Praise Song for the Day” that she composed for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony is the seventh in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading and listening to the poem.

“Peaches” by Adrienne Su

This is an audio recording of the poet, Adrienne Su, reading the poem “Peaches.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.